Rushden Echo, 6th February 1925, transcribed by Kay Collins
Marked Improvement Since Christmas “Learners” in the Shoe Trade
A meeting of the Rushden Local Employment Committee was held at the Branch Employment Office on Monday, Mr J Tomlin presiding in the unavoidable absence of Alderman C W Horrell.
Mr T Percival (branch manager) presented a report on the unemployment position, in which it was stated that a marked improvement had taken place since Christmas so far as local unemployment was concerned, and the register had been reduced by 60 during January. There were, however, at the present time 238 men, one boy, 25 women, and one girl registered as unemployed in the district, and 80 per cent of these applicants were working people whose normal employment was in the boot and shoe industry.
Mr Bland (Amalgamated Society of Leather Workers) inquired whether it would be possible for some of the women to be absorbed as “learners” in the boot and shoe industry.
Mr Percival stated that it was anticipated that the majority of the women would return at an early date to their previous employment (tailoring and cardboard box making) as trade revived. In several instances local manufacturers had engaged women as learners with satisfactory results, and this course was being pursued in all cases where practicable.
General discussion took place on matters connected with the administration of the Unemployment Insurance Act.