Practical training given to motor-vehicle course students at Hornchurch College of Further Education is unique in the country, Mr. Arthur Ebdon, principal, told parents and friends at the course’s prize-giving last week.
Said Mr. Ebdon: “There is no training in Britain no relevant to the job as that given to our students. We have no discipline problems in that department because they realise it.
“Our students not only have the theoretical know-how they’re also good on the job.”
He said exams were set jointly by college and employers and marked by employers representatives, to ensure they were relevant.
He thanked [Unknown] employers who had given”250 towards the cost of equipment and Havering education authority for equipping the workshop.
Mr. Ebdon spoke of 20 students who had passed external intermediate exams and eight who had passed advanced grades during the year.
He continued: “Last session we had 140 students on the course, 60 more than the previous year. We hope to reach 200 within the next two years.”
Mr. Ebdon pointed out that the course was soon to be improved. The former three years intermediate study plus two years advanced would be replaced by two-year courses, which could be contracted to a total of three.
The brightest apprentices could miss the intermediate altogether, he said.
Visitors were welcomed to the prize-giving by Mr. Peter Whittow-Williams, a member of the Board of Governors and Havering Education Committee. Prizes were presented by Mr. Peter Jessup, chairman of Ilford Motor Agents Association.
Prizewinners were: fifth year – H. Russell; fourth year – D. Adams; third year – A. Garner; second year – J. Coombs, A. Coffield. Runners-up: third year – R. Webb; second year – H. Sinclair, J. George; first year – J. Horley, J. Miller.
Image Caption: Mr. Peter Jessup talks to students H. Sinclair, A. Garner, A. Coffield and J. H. Coombs.