Apprenticed 1958-63 and Apprentice of the Year in 1962.
Selected to go to VW on an exchange visit organised by the Institute of The Motor Industry 1964. I joined the Quality Department in 1964, became Quality Service Liaison Engineer then Investigation Supervisor located in the dungeon under the Spares Department. Continue reading “Trevor Worthington – Apprentice of the Year 1962”
All building at Standard Triumph was designed and produced ‘in-house’ – Standard Triumph had bricklayers/builders/electricians/plumbers etc. Continue reading “Leonard Elwood – Chief Architect”
I began working at The Standard Triumph at the age of fourteen years. I was originally expected to go into service when I left school, but during the war, each evening we had a family who escaped the bombing by coming to stay with us. It was this family that encouraged me to aim for something better and I applied to work in the offices.
I began working after my initial training just doing basic filing, I then went on to train and work as a Comptometer. I spent a good many years working in the same department, cycling each day from my family home in Balsall Common to Tile Hill Station where the Blacksmith would look after my bike while I finished my journey to work on the train.
Continue reading “Dorothy and Geoffrey Hope”
My father (Edward Ken Wadsworth) came from Manchester and started working at The Standard Motor Co as a qualified electrician and progressed to the position of Plant Director responsible for all maintenance and tool room departments that included Canley, Fletchhamstead North and South, Radford and Western Avenue.
I ( Peter Wadsworth) first went to visit the Canley factory just after the war in about 1946 at the age of 6 years. It was almost inevitable that 10 years later I would start my Standard Motor apprenticeship training to be a Factory Layout Engineer. The school was located at the Massey Ferguson plant on Banner Lane where I eventually came back to finish my working life. My early recollections are having a ride on the fire engine and going into the boiler house and seeing a row of 13 huge boilers, originally coke fired and later converted to oil fired.
Continue reading “Edward Ken Wadsworth”
Wonderful to see your website and fascinating photos.
My Dad, James Harland Willis, was born 3/12/1919 in Whitby.
He joined The Standard Motor Company on the Apprenticeship scheme on 21/2/1936 ( a five year scheme as a “Fitter & Machinist” Starting wage for year one 12 shillings a week rising to 24 shillings a week in the final year.
Continue reading “James Harland Willis – 45 years service!”