Apprenticeships were the jobs to skill for

Apprentice joiners Thomas Jeffrey and David Elliot check out the craftsmanship at the Waverley Market Handicrafts exhibition in 1964

Apprentice joiners Thomas Jeffrey and David Elliot check out the craftsmanship at the Waverley Market Handicrafts exhibition in 1964

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WE have apps for everything these days. From how to make the perfect roast to plotting out our jogging route, we rely on technology to run our day-to-day lives.

But there’s one thing that technology definitely can’t replace – our need for skilled men and women. No app can give us a haircut or unblock our drains, or rewire our homes; not yet
anyway.

Brown Brothers apprentices Willie Nelson and George Finlay in 1958

Brown Brothers apprentices Willie Nelson and George Finlay in 1958

Apprentices training in a wide variety of skills are just as important today as they were in 1958, when this photograph of apprentices Willie Watson and George Finlay was taken as they checked part of steering gears for wheels during their apprenticeship at Brown Brothers & Company.

In fact, just this week local apprentices in traditional construction trades were invited to the Scottish Parliament to showcase their skills, with their importance honoured at a special reception where Ed Monaghan, chairman of Construction Scotland, launched an appeal for even more apprentices to be taken on by employers.

The skills of hairdressing apprentices were acknowledge back in March 1959, at the apprentice hairdresser annual competition, which was won by Miss V Thomson.

And in March, 1963, Mr R Hetherington, organiser for the National Association of Printers and Allied Trade Workers presented prizes to the apprentices at Davie Street School.

Alan O'Hare is 'coopered'

Alan O'Hare is 'coopered'

However, it was not all award ceremonies and prizes for the apprentices of yesteryear – as Alan O’Hare found out to his expense in September 1978. The journeyman cooper was put in a barrel and washed down with cold water during the traditional “coopering” ceremony at Mackinlay-MacPherson.

Apprentice hairdresser competition winner Miss V Thomson

Apprentice hairdresser competition winner Miss V Thomson