MB Metals Ltd

Apprenticeships in 1960/70s

By Michael Weller

 
Photo:Left to right: Graham Venton, Michael Weller and Alan Phillips having just received their Indentured Apprenticeship Certificates in 1970

Left to right: Graham Venton, Michael Weller and Alan Phillips having just received their Indentured Apprenticeship Certificates in 1970

From the private collection of Michael Weller

Indentured apprentices

Apprenticeships is the current 'buzz-word', but during the 1960s apprenticeships were fairly common. During the 1960s and 1970s M B Metals, (later to become M B M Technology), was a large electro/mechanical engineering company, and employed about ten indentured apprentices at any one time. The firm was located in Norway Street, Vale Road, Wellington Road, Victoria Road and Mill Road all in Portslade; its major customer being the Ministry of Defence.

Do you remember MB Metals? Were you an apprentice? Please post a comment below

Five year training

The apprenticeship usually was for five years and the apprentices mostly attended either Brighton Technical College or Brighton Polytechnic which later became Brighton University. Apprentices studied Craft, Technician, ONC and HNC courses. In the 1960’s M B Metals had many departments e.g. Drawing Office, Production Office, Environmental Testing, Quality Control, Tool room, Model shop, Manufacturing, Assembly and Clean Room Assembly. Apprentices spent approximately six months in each location, after which permanent employment was offered in a mutually agreed Department.

Apprentices of the time

Some apprentices of this time, in no particular order were,Cliff Ainsworth, Clive Upperton, Alan Phillips, George Stonier, Trevor Mayhew, Geoffrey Boys, Graham Venton and Michael Weller. All of whom will now be of retirement age.

This page was added on 11/06/2015.
Comments about this page

Just to correct the caption under the photo, that's me on the right with Graham Vinton on the left.

Editor's note: have changed that Alan.

By Alan Phillips (11/06/2015)

It was the Conservative government 1964 Industrial Training Act which formalised and ploughed money into apprentiship training, you can read about it here: http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/page_id__10536.aspx. Unfortunately it was the Thatcher Conservative government of the mid 1985s who undid all the good work, and put the focus on banking, service sector, shares and "wheeler dealing" that gave us all the trouble we are still in today!

By Peter Groves (13/06/2015)

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