Los Angeles, California, May 1, 1940.
Near the large aircraft factories in the Los Angeles area there are three types of vocational training schools whose curricula are directly pointed at employment in the aircraft industries.
One, of which ITI is typical, offers entirely adequate three-month to one-year courses covering all phases of mechanical work in the industry. Its teachers are well-grounded in their fields. At ITI they must hold CAA licenses in the fields in which they teach, and must have had at least six years' experience in aircraft employment. Most of them are former employees of the Douglas factories.
The Fletcher School, to which the Lockheed Corporation send several hundred students, consists of one month's sheet metal work, mainly concerned with acquiring a riveting technique, three weeks of aircraft welding must pass the Lockheed employment tests before admission to the classes under regular teachers and Lockheed employees in an ill-equipped shop. Nevertheless, it is this kind of occupational training that the industry demands and between Lockheed and Douglas nearly all of this schools' graduates are employed within a few days after the completion of their training.
There is still a third type of school which includes all the miscellaneous fly-by-night organizations that have sprung up in vacant stores all over Los Angeles county. Their advertisements in the "men wanted" columns of newspapers are thinly veiled promises of employment but under the present situations in the industry most men with even a barely adequate training are able to find jobs.