Apprentice Training: The Early Years, Part 2

Welcome back to the second instalment of our blog series focusing on Michelin’s apprentice training, which began last time with The Early Years, Part 1. Written by our volunteers – many of whom were apprentices themselves – and featuring a selection of wonderful photographs from the Archive collection we hope you’ll enjoy this detailed look at an important part of Michelin’s history.
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Michelin Heritage Calendar – October

October 2002 – Michelin Services Limited (MSERV) opened in Manchester to centralise and standardise the financial service operations throughout Western Europe. This shared service centre reflected the international structure of the worldwide group affecting the UK business.
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Michelin Heritage Calendar – September

September 29th 1962 – Tyre production began at a 50 acre Nigerian factory built at Port Harcourt. Michelin UK was given the responsibility for the design, construction and initial operation of this new plant.
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Apprentice Training: The Early Years, Part 1

Today we’re excited to bring you the first in a multi-part blog series focused on Michelin’s apprentice training. Written by our volunteers – many of whom were apprentices themselves – and featuring a selection of wonderful photographs from the Archive collection we hope you’ll enjoy this detailed look at an important part of Michelin’s history.
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Michelin Heritage Calendar – July

July 1940 – During WWII links with Michelin head office in Clermont-Ferrand, France were lost and the British operation had to adapt to functioning in isolation. New technical departments managing secret processes were established at Stoke to ensure continued production in the UK. Other changes were 12 hour shifts, seven day weeks for all departments and more women on the factory including working night shifts for the first time (‘inconvenience allowance’ of 2d per hour – that’s less than 1p today!).
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Search The Michelin Index

We’re excited to announce the launch of the Michelin Index and with it the ability to search over 14,000 name entries from the Bibendum staff magazine for the years 1936 – 1951. This first instalment, created by our dedicated group of volunteers, is the first in what we hope will be a number of indexes from all kinds of records in the Archive.
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Michelin Memories: Apprentices who represented Great Britain

Michelin Memories is an opportunity for our ex-employee volunteers to share some of their stories with you. In this series we’ll feature recollections from the team alongside images of the documents that sparked these memories off. We’d also be interested to hear about personal memories from our readers – get in touch and we’ll include them here. We’re looking forward to uncovering these stories hidden within the Archive on a regular basis – enjoy!
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