Ashley and Rock find success at the Ulverston Training Awards in 1988

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The importance of his apprentices was highlighted by Ashley and Rock’s managing director, Brian Monk, at an apprenticeship training awards event at Coronation Hall, Ulverston in 1988.

Ashleys, the electrical components company, employed more than 900 people across its four factories and the company had been in Ulverston for nearly 50 years, Mr Monk said.

He said his apprentices not only learn skills in training, but also skills in society.

The awards night was the first under the company’s new name Ashley and Rock following its merger with Rock Electrical Accessories of Bradford.

Technical director Brian Capper said the training school trained 18 apprentices during the year, 13 from Ashleys and five from other companies. All had made good progress.

Four apprentices left their time in September to work within the company and seven new apprentices were hired.

Apprentices from G Waite and Oxleys Developments in Ulverston and Souplex in Morecambe were to receive basic year one training, Mr Capper said.

Mr. Capper thanked the training team of apprentices Robin Lancaster, Dave Penny and Dave Spencer.

Prizes included: Frank Greaves Award for Best Apprentice, Brian Garth (Editor); Gordon Jones Award for Best First Year Apprentice, Ian Rigg (Toolmaker).

Progress Award Harry Petty, Martin Akred.

Workers at Ashley and Rock in Ulverston bombarded company directors after their stock placement in 1990.

And when they were done, a call for Romanian orphans brought a smile.

A five-man team from the electrical accessories company had participated in Team Challenge 90, which aimed to raise money for a newly created training trust.

Keith Jones, Steve Harrison, Stuart Patten, Paddy Hannigan and Mike Person had set a goal of £3,000 to raise for one week in December.

The money will go to the training of executives and nursing staff in Romania.

The week’s activities included raffles, music, dancing and giving workers the opportunity to throw water, eggs and rotten vegetables at managers.

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