Secretarial Training School

In the 1950’s it wasn’t just Engineering Apprentices that the Dowty Group trained, they also had a Secretarial Training School.

The Dowty Secretarial School opened in 1956

The Secretaries, on completion of their training course, each received a “Certificate of Proficiency in Secretarial Practice”

Miss K A V Truman was the Secretary Training Officer.

The first intake of students even awarded Miss Truman with a Silver Salver for her efforts .

Arle Court - Secretarial Trainees c.1967
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Arle Court - Secretarial Trainees c.1967
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Arle Court - Secretarial Trainees c.1967
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Arle Court - Secretarial Trainees c.1967
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Arle Court - Secretarial Trainees c.1964
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Arle Court F Block - Secretarial Training
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Arle Court F Block - Secretarial Training
Original photo in the Dowty archive at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub
Secretarial Training School
Secretarial Training School
Secretarial Training School
Secretarial Training School
Secretarial Agreement for Marian Anne Collyer
Marian Anne Collyer

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  • I am on this final page – one of the Secretarial Trainees – Elizabeth Warriner – can’t believe I looked so thin !! Always have been extremely thankful that I was trained by Miss Truman herself – held me in good stead for my future life. This year met up with Valerie Watt at Niagara Falls, but wonder where the others are now.

    By Elizabeth Reay (28/03/2020)

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