Hi Rich, I think that apprenticeships then were on the same basis.
In South West Africa in the late fifties, as apprentices, we worked our normal 45 hour shift each week and went to school two nights for two hours each and Saturday morning for four hours.
The saturday morning was a normal working shift and we got paid for going to school in place of it.
Then we'd catch a lift out to the mine workshops and work the afternoon overtime to make up the 52 hour week.
Love life never came into it. We used to spend most evenings down at the local bar,(men only), playing snooker, but on friday night and weekends, thats when the partys and serious temporary courting took place.
Courting was a carefull business as we worked with the girls' fathers and any malarky would get dire consequences.