Industrial training centres will set the pattern for the future of this country, a Havering education chief told local industrialists last week. And, he added, specialisation not generalisation will be the keyword for youngsters going into industry. Cllr. Norman Richards, chairman of Havering Education Committee, was speaking at the official opening of an Engineering Training Centre at Havering Technical College. The centre he went on, was one of the first in Britain to be set up through liaison between the Engineering Industry Training Board and a local authority.
Earlier Mr. Howard Medhurst, senior training officer with the EITB referred to the centre which can accommodate up to 36 apprentices as a “wonderful achievement” and an “exciting programme”. “I hope local industry will take due note of what can be achieved by the off-the-job training”, he told the audience of about 250.
“Let it be known that this centre is meeting with the full approval of this training board. Local employers who send their boys here do so in the full knowledge that they will be getting the best training so far devised.”
He concluded by praising the local authority and the joint advisory committee of local employers for their enlightened thinking in setting up the £37,500 centre. A member of the advisory committee, Mr. James Scott, managing director of BIG Engineering at Brentwood, said a full scale training scheme was often beyond the means of small employers. “It is only through schemes such as this that local industry can find help,” he added. The centre came into operation in November but already most of the places for the 48 week course starting in September are spoken for. Employers pay £6.15 a week for each training.