|The Rushden Echo, 13th July 1962, transcribed by Jim Hollis
Shoe Trade Shaky? No Say Job Seekers
Despite suggestions that the shoe trade is weathering a recession at the present time, there is no slowing down among the August school-leavers of youngsters wanting to enter the industry.
This fact emerged when Mrs. C. A. Bailey, whose duties as youth employment officer cover the Rushden area, spoke to the “Echo” this week. She said that youngsters are not concerned about a recession, and neither are their parents.
Vacancies in the shoe trade were slightly down, but there was every likelihood of the demand for jobs being comparable with the Easter entry figures.
Of 298 secondary modern school leavers at Easter, 62 or just over 20 per cent, joined the industry. This August, Mrs. Bailey said, most firms were interested in taking school-leavers for training.
Of employment in all fields, Mrs. Bailey said that there were enough vacancies for the 400 or so boys and girls who were due to leave schools at Rushden, Wellingborough, Irthlingborough, Raunds and Wollaston. Some youngsters, however, might not be able to get exactly what they wanted.
Many boys were showing a preference for the electrical trades and many girls, apparently, were finding the thought of being a hairdresser more to their taste.
“It is probably because it seems glamorous,” said Mrs. Bailey, speaking of the hairdressing trade, but this, like the electrical trade for boys, had always been popular.
The interests of other youngsters interviewed were spread fairly evenly over the building trade, office work and shop work.
Summing up, Mrs. Bailey said: “We are not at all unhappy about the job situation.”
Mr. H. W. Catlin, headmaster of Rushden Secondary Modern School for Boys, said that 42 of the 46 pupils leaving in August had already been fixed up with jobs.
At the Secondary Modern School for Girls, Miss M. E. S. Boys said girls due to leave had been found employment.
Some pupils at both schools will be staying on for an extra year to study for their General Certificate of Education.
Wellingborough Technical College, which caters for local young people wanting to take their GCE, commercial and apprenticeship courses, will also have young people who have finished their studies looking for work.
Secondary school leavers will be taking advantage of the college’s facilities and, as usual, will be taking specialist subjects in preparation for jobs later on.