Veteran apprentices from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) returned to Aldermaston last week to help inspire the next generation.
Last Tuesday, almost 50 former apprentices visited the site where they started their careers in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week this week.
They toured workshops at the AWE Skills Academy and spoke to the present-day apprentices, before watching a recruitment video from 1954 which some of them starred in.
Paul Harvey, who joined the scheme in 1958 and is a former chairman of the AWE Apprenticeship Association, said: “My career started at AWE.
“It was the best start I could have had and set me up for a very successful future career in the pharmaceutical industry.”
In the 1950s and 1960s, the apprentices at AWE could board close to the site and, as a result, many built up long-lasting friendships.
Norman Apperley was an electrical engineering apprentice between 1959 and 1964, and following his time at AWE spent the rest of his career in computer manufacturing.
He said: “The AWE apprenticeship was very good and varied and taught me very early on about the importance of computers.
“I could tell even then that computers were the future thanks to AWE.”
AWE’s apprenticeship scheme has been running for almost 65 years and recruits 45 new apprentices each year between November and January.
For more information, go to awe.co.uk.