Trainees at the Government Training Centre

Government Training Centre 1931

This photo shows trainees, probably gas and water fitters, at the Government Training Centre in Pixmore Avenue, taken about 1931. My father is in the picture, third from the left, but I have no idea who any of the other young men are. Many of them probably also remained in Letchworth, as there were a number of job opportunities in the growing town. Perhaps somebody recognises a family member?
The building was opened in 1911 as the Phoenix Motor Company, which closed down in 1928. From 1928 to 1930 it was home to the Ascot Manufacturing Company, also producing motor cars and motorcycles. The company name Ascot was still visible in the sixties and we locals always referred to it as “the Ascot”. I believe it has remained a Government Training Center to this day.

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  • Did a nine month agricultural engineering course here about 1961. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole adventure. Made some of the best friends of my life, Regular visitor to the Jazz club at Hitchen, Great days and fond memories.

    By Michael Partington (25/03/2024)
  • I did a plumbing course in the centre between 1969 and 70 we stayed in I think were like Nissan huts

    By Pete Jones (22/11/2023)
  • I done a 10 week coded pipe welders course there in April 1982, I was living in Kent at the time and used to pop home every weekend as I had just met my girlfriend. The accommodation reminded me of the Chief P.O’s mess at Portsmouth Naval base. Letchworth gave me a step up in the welding profession, which helped me in the rest of my career. Have not long retired at the age of 74. The training centre was Brilliant and will forever be greatly missed!!!

    By Mo Gordon (13/09/2023)
  • Hi Ted

    My mum used to work in the office when we’re you in Letchworth?

    Julie & Jean

    By Julie Lodge (07/02/2023)
  • I have experiences (good) of the Skillcentre system. Twice at Letchworth,and later on at Leicester. It would take one or two articles some of it quite funny I think. I can expand on Letchworth Skillcentre if there is interest. Ted Middlemiss.

    By Ted Middlemiss (25/03/2022)