Book Review – ‘The Churchill Scheme: The Royal Navy Special Entry Cadet Scheme, 1913–1955’ by John S. Beattie

By Alston Kennerley, published October 2020


It has long been recognized that entry into the adult world of work demands some form of preparation and introduction relating to the industry or occupation under consideration, and perhaps specific to a projected status. Preparation might range from a tour of premises followed by on-the-job training understudying someone having the right experience, to structured off-the-job education and training in a vocational college separate from the place of work. Whatever the route, in addition to knowledge and skill in the field of endeavour, there are always elements of occupational socialization to be absorbed, a feature which is particularly strong with seafaring employment. Aboard ship, although novices were likely to be completely useless at first, on-the-job learning had for centuries been standard practice, with youngsters enrolling at what now seem very young ages. Although the Royal Navy had started a limited pre-sea course early in the eighteenth century, it was the mid-nineteenth century when a revolution in its training arrangements provided for all officers and ratings to pass through training establishments….

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