Preparing for Work
Discover how the homes provided the children with skills
and training for work when they left.
Take a look at these two modules and read the fact file to
find out about the work the children were prepared for.
- It was really important that when they left the home at the
age of 16, the children were able to earn their living.
- The training for girls and boys was very different. Girls
were trained in laundry work, knitting, needlework, cooking
and housemaid’s duties. Boys were trained in farm work,
gardening, tailoring, carpentry and printing.
- All the homes prepared the children for work but some homes
specialised in certain skills and they were called training
or industrial schools. Find out more in our article on Ragged Schools, Industrial Schools and Reformatories.
- Fareham Industrial Home in Hampshire was a school for girls.
It took girls from the age of 5 and taught them laundry work.
- Standon Farm Home in Staffordshire was an industrial
school for boys and specialised in farm work and carpentry.
- Many of the items that were produced by the children were
sold. For example, boys made items such as wooden picture
frames and trays in the carpentry workshop, planted seeds
and sold the plants in the spring and produced suits and
boots in the tailoring and boot making workshops.