I TEND to disagree with the Herald Opinion (May 27) on why apprenticeships disappeared.
I began a six-year apprenticeship as a compositor in 1956 with a printer in Tonbridge.
Within two years we were told that computers would spell the end of the printed word; of course it didn’t happen but this technology did mean lots of craftsmen were no longer required.
I’m sure the printing trade wasn’t the only industry to suffer in this way and it won’t be the last; so less people to train less apprenticeships.
Quite frankly anyone can do my (old) job now with no knowledge of ‘the trade’ whatsoever.
Sadly technology is still causing the loss of jobs i.e. self-scanning and buying on-line.