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Past apprentices from AWE came together recently to remember their first jobs.
AWE has had a thriving apprenticeship scheme for over 60 years, giving career opportunities to generations of scientists and engineers.
The former apprentices meet on an annual basis to reminisce about working at AWE in the 1950’s.
As young men they were some of the first apprentices at the 1950’s Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE).
Mike Allaston who joined AWREin 1953 as an apprentice engineer said: “The AWE apprenticeship was brilliant, because it was so well organised. They gave me the best training. Thanks to the grounding I received at AWE and with the qualifications and skills that I gained, I travelled the world with my career as a design engineer.”
Former AWE apprentice Keith Gilbert, now a sitting AWE Local Liaison Committee member, said there was a great camaraderie amongst the young boys in the 50’s.
Paul Harvey who joined as a mechanical engineer in 1958 said: “I learnt a lot of practical skills which I ended up applying in the pharmaceutical industry. Being an apprentice at AWE felt like we were in a regiment. We were all very close which is why it’s really lovely meeting up on regular basis to remember our time together at AWE.”
John Curthoys who joined in 1954 as an electronic apprentice said: “It was just the best apprenticeship out there. It gave me the opportunity to do so much and learn so many different practical skills. My life started at AWE.”
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