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Little Nut
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226 of 231  Sat 5th Nov 2016 9:50pm  
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My first job was to follow the family tradition and work at Courtaulds. Many of my relatives had worked there before me when I left school in 1968. My step sister had been a contomitor operator, my granddad a pipe fitter until he died of TB, I don't know what my mum did but she met my dad there; he was a foreman in the viscose spinning department for 40 years and took early retirement when he was 55 around years old - I was about 2 then. My aunt and uncle on my mother's side worked there somewhere, as did my aunt and uncle on my father's side, although my uncle was killed fighting in the First World War. In fact the records from Courtaulds shows my dad and my uncle leaving the payroll to go off to fight, and my dad returning, after he was wounded. They all lodged with another of the family in Coronation Rd. Anyway, enough of them - what about me. I was employed in the Textile Technology lab, carrying out, in the main wear and tensile tests on various fabrics and doing microscopic and chemical analysis to establish the percentage blend of yarns. My headmistress at Coundon Court was a friend of the lady in charge - I can't remember her name, but any time she had a vacancy she would ask Miss Foster if there was anyone interested at the school. My parents were not too keen, but agreed to my application as the job didn't depend on O Level results (good job, mine were dire) and I didn't want to repeat any or do A Levels. At the time all that seemed to be open to me if I stayed on was university or teacher training, and I didn't want to do either! However having been sent on day release for 5 years to study for a Full Technological Certificate in Man Made Fibre Production and Control (for which I got a distinction), I was really upset to find out that although my qualification was considered equivalent to the Licentiate of the Textile Institute, to become an Associate I needed to go back to school and get 4 O Levels and 2 As in a Science or Maths, if only someone had said; mind you, by then I had left Courtaulds and was working as a Laboratory Technician at the tech in the Butts. I earned £6 18s a week and gave my mum £4 for keep. I remember we did a big wear trial on towels, sending them to a boarding school to be used and recalling some each week to test. They started with the warp, weft and pile as 100% cotton. Different coloured treads woven into the selvedge denoted every % blend in 10% intervals in each of the 3 areas unti 100% viscouse was reached - I wonder what happened to all those results. After a while I moved labs and didn't like the new one, as all we tested was tyre cord, which was very boring, so I set my sights higher and moved to the tech.
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petunia
Coventry
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227 of 231  Thu 5th Jan 2017 3:17pm  
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In 1970 aged 15yrs, my first job was at Tescos, Queen Victoria Road (now Iceland). I worked full time for five pounds and fourpence a week. I worked on the shop floor and also in the warehouse which was on the floor above. There was a couple of lads that worked in the warehouse. One time they had volunteered to work all night stocktaking. I asked them "Won't you get tired?" They replied "Nah, we'll be kipping by the Kelloggs!". I laughed all the way home on the bus that day.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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228 of 231  Thu 5th Jan 2017 4:23pm  
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Hello petunia Wave Welcome to our friendly forum Perhaps one (or both) of those lads will see your post and make themselves known! Wink
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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229 of 231  Sun 15th Apr 2018 3:37pm  
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My first job in Coventry was as an Apprentice Toolmaker at W. E. Jones (Tools) Ltd on East Street - long since gone but the building is still in use by various businesses. Wave
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dave owens
california usa
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230 of 231  Fri 27th Apr 2018 1:30am  
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My first job was apprentice pipe fitter/welder at W A Bennett and Son heating engineers, that was in 64. Just retired and loving it!!!
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dave owens
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231 of 231  Fri 27th Apr 2018 1:33am  
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I forgot to mention, my starting wage was 1/11d per hour
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