Training for the trades in Falkirk

The County Trades School
The County Trades School

Fifty years ago the doors of Falkirk’s brand new, million-pound Technical College were opening to students for the first time.

But, as the new doors opened, old ones were closing.

Four training centres were no longer required as teachers and students packed their bags and left.

Many men, and some women too, will have fond – maybe not so fond – memories of these old buildings where a generation of plumbers and brickies, moulders and motor mechanics, electricians and mining engineers learned the tricks of their trades in the years following the end of the Second World War.

My article in this week’s Falkirk Herald tells the stories of these not-to-be-forgotten education establishments.