Friday, 29 May 2009

Alfred Herbert Apprentices Association

Sir Alfred Herbert looking on as Lady Herbert presents the Certificates at to the Apprentices on 19th March 1953

One of the most important associations at Alfred Herbert Ltd was the Alfred Herbert Apprentices Association. Many of the Alfred Herbert staff were former apprentices - including Col Clark, later chairman of the company - and some became well-known engineeers with their own businesses, such as Sir Harry Harley and JC Bamford.

Sir Alfred himself had served an apprenticeship* with Joseph Jessop and Sons in Leicester, and strongly supported this path of learning. He and Lady Herbert used to invariably attend the annual presentation of certificates to apprentices.

*For many years until 1952 his fellow apprentices from Jessops made an annual visit to the works to see him.

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