Apprentice Prize Giving - Press Reports

Dowty Apprentices’ Prize Giving – November 1952

The third annual apprentices’ prize giving of Dowty Equipment, Ltd., took place at Arle Court, Cheltenham, on November 14th. Sir Roy Fedden made the presentations, and a number of Dowty executives were also present, including Mr. G. H. Dowty (Chairman and Managing Director).

Over 60 per cent of apprentices in all courses had passed their examinations at the end of the training year.

Three had won prizes at the North Gloucestershire Technical College, while two others had obtained Higher National Certificates  “I am convinced,” Sir Roy told the apprentices, that here you can get training as good as, or better than, anywhere else.

The field is wider, not so specialized, and you will get more personal training than in one of the very big factories.”


Dowty Apprentices Rewarded – 2 December 1955

Speaking at the recent annual prize giving to apprentices of Dowty Equipment, Ltd., at Arle Court, Cheltenham, Sir Godfrey Ince (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and National Service), said that automation was likely to require more skilled men for maintenance work, and more skilled men for the production of automatic control equipment. He saw no reason why this country, with its inventive genius and its craftsmen, should not become the leading producer of such equipment. Later in his address Sir Godfrey said that at Dowty’s young men were being trained as skilled craftsmen by experts in one of the best equipped and most efficient training schools in the country.

In welcoming Sir Godfrey, Mr. George Dowty mentioned the help given in apprentice-training by Mr. A. W. Hildrew, Principal of North Gloucestershire Technical College.


First-Year Apprentices: C. Snell, W. Popiel; 2nd Year: M. Crouch, M. Evans; 3rd Year: D. Parker, C. D. Williams; 4th Year: R. B. Shayler, D. Morgan; 5th Year: J. Child, I. R. Hughes. Plant Department Progress Prize: J. Savory; Production Engineering Apprentice Prize: B. T. Smith; Coventry Precision Ltd. Prize: Senior, M. Perkins; Junior, P. Sanderson; New Mendip Engineering Prize: Senior, R. Evans, Junior, R. Styles; Commercial Training Prize: B. Harries.

Completed Indentures

Dowty Equipment Ltd: R. G. Brown, I. J. Camm, R. J. Canning, V. K. Carter, J. W. Child, E. P. Gardiner, D. Hall, R. P. Hodges, I. R. Hughes, P. Leach, D. G. Llewellyn, T. Lush, J. A. Moore, J. R. Palmer, E. D. Simons, B. T. Smith, R. S. Walters, A. Woodward. Dowty Nucleonics: D. Stewart. New Mendip Engineering: M. Tae, M. Pidden, W. Hutchison, K. P. Mullet, G. A. Peaple, D. Ludlow.


Dowty Apprentice Prize Giving – November 1956

Speaking at the annual prize giving to Dowty Group apprentices at Arle Court, Cheltenham, recently, Sir Arnold Hall, technical director of the Hawker Siddeley Group and formerly director of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, said that a hundred years ago people were writing about the “dreadful state” of technical education in this country. But in the last century we had managed to do more in the engineering world than any other country, despite our small resources. Mr. K. J. Hume, Group education officer, said that under the Dowty training scheme there had been more than 70 per cent passes in examinations and 20 National Certificates had been awarded.

Among the prize-winners introduced by Mr. D. M. Mann, education officer, were the following: First year apprentices, D. Birch, M. Griffiths; 2nd year, D. Parry, Mr. Mackenzie; 3rd year, J. Chase, M. Crouch; 4th year, R. Blake, R. Attwood; 5th year, A. Jordan, R. Shayler. Plant Department Progress Prize: C. Page; Production Engineering Apprentice Prize: M. Hickman; Coventry Precision, Ltd., Apprentice Prize: M. Bird (sen.), P. Sanderson (jun.); New Mendip Engineering, Ltd., Prize: A. Sawyer (sen.), L. Bealing (jun.); Commercial Training Prize: H. Dutton.


Dowty Apprentice Prize Giving – December 1957

A large gathering of apprentices and trainees of the Dowty Group, their parents and friends, were addressed by Mr. A. F. Burke, deputy chairman and managing director of deHavilland Aircraft, Ltd., on November 22.

The occasion was the Dowty Group’s annual prize giving at Arle Court, and Mr. Burke was optimistic about the future both of the aircraft industry and of those entering it. The trouble with the British, he felt, was that we were too modest.

We didn’t shout enough about our own achievements and were far too eager to give away our hard earned knowledge. Few people realised the extent of our achievements, for example, the first American jet aircraft had a Dowty fuel system and a deHavilland engine. Paying tribute to Sir George Dowty, Mr. Burke told the apprentices “You have in your Chairman an example of what can be done with nothing to back you but a sound engineering training, enthusiasm, confidence in oneself, courage, and the health and ability to work hard.”

Mr. Burke reassured parents worried by the threat of redundancy in the military aircraft industry. “I can assure you they have chosen wisely. It is the most advanced side of engineering and from it, anyone could go into any other branch.”

Welcoming Mr. Burke, who later presented the prizes, Sir George Dowty described him as one of the great leaders of the aircraft industry. He reminded the assembly that before many of them were born Mr. Burke flew the Atlantic in the R.I00. Mr. K. J. Hume, Dowty Group education and training officer thanked Mr. Burke for his address and spoke briefly on the educational activities of the group during the past year.


Dowty Reorganization Forecast – 22 May 1959

When Sir George Dowty presented prizes to Rotol apprentices on May 8 he said he had been happy to receive  an invitation  to  do  so,  as  it  gave  him  an  opportunity   of  meeting Rotol  apprentices  for  the  first  time  as  members  of  the  Dowty organization.

Sir George, who is chairman  and managing  director of the Dowty  Group and chairman  of  Rotol Ltd., commented  that Government policy in reducing the size of the  manned  air  force was  having  a  profound  effect  on  the  group’s  order  books.

The falling away of military orders meant that there was intense competition in the civil aviation business.  Changes would have to be made in the group to ensure a proper integration of its activities;  and  concern  for  the  future   and   possible  feelings   of insecurity  was  natural.  “But I am an optimist,” said Sir George. “From that day twenty-eight years ago when I started my own business single-handed, my optimism has never faltered.

Although the Rotol Company has joined us at a time when we have entered what will undoubtedly prove to be a permanent depression in the aircraft industry, there is no need for undue alarm. “Sir George was introduced by Lt-Gen. Sir John Evetts, Deputy Chairman of Rotol, and presented prizes to 99 apprentices. Both before and after the prize giving ceremony the newly opened exhibition hall was thronged with visitors to see a display of Rotol/British Messier products.

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  • Does anyone have photos or comment for the year 1959 -1965

    I won an apprentice of the year award in 1964/5 but have lost the photos.

    By Tony Green (08/10/2021)

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