The Training School
The Works Training School
Photos of Training School Apprentice's
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|1958||1959||1960?||1971- 72||1972 - 73|
|1973 - 74||1974 -75||1975 - 76||1976 - 77||1977 - 78|
|1978 - 79||1979 - 80||1980 - 81||1981 - 82||1982 - 83|
|1983 - 84||1985|
The Training School was opened by Sir Phillip Warteron on October 15th 1958. This was the start of the the huge intake of new staff who, over the coming years, would cross the schools threshold and to begin their basic training and learn the required skills and competencies to repair, rebuild and maintain B.R. coaching stock and become qualified trades people.
Apprentice's entering the school would have the opportunity to visit all the sections within the school, which included, Electrical, Fitting, Woodwork, Sheetmetal, Maching, Trimming, Welding and Blacksmiths. This would be complemented by attending college to learn the technical side of your designated trade and part of the requirement to become a tradesperson within the Works.
The apprenticeship would normally last 4 years although you would be classed as a tradesman on your 20th birthday, but have to attend college and successfully complete all exams.
Dave Pemberton (later to become an Instructor) Presenting Sir Phillip Warteron with a copper and brass Jug whilst Doug Coates, Chief Instructor, oversees.
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|The New Training School loo's!||Malcolm Fletcher Working!!!!!!!!|
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I attended the Training School from September 1962 until August/September 1964. Unlike the rest of the lads at the school I was a CM&EE apprentice, training as a fitter. Unlike the rest of the lads who took up their chosen trade in the works, I went on to Eastleigh Diesel Depot and then spent time at many Southern Region depots to learn about all forms of traction. I returned to Eastleigh Works in 1967 for 6 months as part of the training programme. Fortunately I had a very successful and enjoyable railway career and whilst retired, still do a bit of consultancy.
Like many people I do wonder how the “Class of ‘63” got on and wondered if you have any subscribers to your site that were my contemporaries? Perhaps you have a register of former apprentices? Do any records of the school survive?
Thanks for your help in anticipation,
Training School Names
|Woodwork / Paint Instructor (First Aider)|
|Doug||Coates||Training Officer (1958)|
|Norman||Elford||Moulding & Tool Making (1958)|
|Malcolm||Field (Macfield)||Module Traning|
|Groves||Instructor (First Aider)|
|Ron||IBell||Woodwork & Paint|
|John||Osborne||Off the Job Trianing for V/B,s|
|Paddy||O’Toole||Woodwork & Paint|
|Bob||Plews||Lathe Turning (1958)|
|Ken||Smith||Training Officer (after Graham Taylor) also worked as trimmer and in Production Office - sadly passed away|
When the Training school was closed as the apprentice intake was stopped, the Training Dept moved to the main office block and took on the responsibility for the training of the whole works. The shop foreman would request training for their workers and this was left for the department to arrange. A lot of training was performed "In House" with the training programmes developed by the training team. Shortly after the move, a few apprentices were taken on each year, having their first years training undertaken by SETA at Millbrook, Southampton.
Training Department Names
|Dave||Pemberton||Instructor (temp Training Officer)|
|Ken||Smith||Training Officer (after Graham Taylor)|