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Audio accounts of young steel workers

Age: How old was I when I started work


"Hi my name is Johnny. I’m an apprentice electrician in the Melting shop. I’m 19, I started work at Forge masters around about six months ago, October 2007."


"I left school at 15 and I started here on this site, January the first 1956."

Victorian times:

"I, Mr J E White, found that the youngest working children are to be found to be making cutlery. Girls as well as boys sometimes begin at seven and even six years old and one boy who I found at work had begun at five."


  • Which is the right image for each time period?
  • How has the age for starting in the industry changed?
  • Why do you think the starting age has changed?
  • What do you think is the right age for becoming a steel worker apprentice?