John Davis

Apprentice Instructor to Draughtsman

John Davis 1
John Davis 1
John describes how he came to work in the drawing office, and having to wear a suit!
John describes his early drawings and the drawing board he used.
John describes his early drawings and the drawing board he used.
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Much later, no pipe and no hair!!
Much later, no pipe and no hair!!

John was studying mechanical engineering at college during the evenings whilst working as an instructor in the Apprentice Training School, when the Personnel Manager suggested he had an interview for the Drawing Office. He did, was successful and after a little uncertainty, started working there in 1958.

‘It was another world’

John remembered his first few days in the office; it was all new, a big change. John started work at 8.30, and had to dress in a suit – ‘it was another world’.  John recalled that working in a Drawing Office with over 50 people in suits and ties was overwhelming to start with, but because everyone was so helpful, he soon settled in.

Now, 55 years later John still has a board similar to the one in the photographs. That is the only similarity, the pipe and the hair have both disappeared.

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Click on the hyperlink to hear John’s memories of working as an instructor in the Apprentice Training School

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  • I was the last apprentice to be taken under John’s wing.
    I have great memories of working alongside him and the rest of the designers,
    such a great company!!

    By satwinder kang (sat) (27/11/2019)

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