A Time to Train

A Time to Train

An Account of experience gained by RTB, at Its Spencer Works

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Authors: O. W. Reynolds, John Baker
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483226231

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A Time to Train: An Account of Experience Gained by RTB, at its Spencer Works describes the training of those to be employed in steelworks. This book describes the training given before full production began. Organized into three parts encompassing 14 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the technical description of the plant. This text then examines the methods and describes the purpose of industrial training. Other chapters consider the differences between mechanical engineering training and electrical engineering training. This book discusses as well the managerial control systems operating at Spencer Works, including the control of costs, production, manning, maintenance, and quality. The final chapter provides an evaluation of the training carried out at Spencer Works and explains the difficulty of forecasting accurately what the major training problems are likely to be in a project of considerable size. This book is a valuable resource for readers who are interested in steelmaking.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    Part I

    1 The Background

    2 Devising the Training Plan

    The Early Papers

    Discussion of the Training

    Plans on Site

    3 The Organization of the Spencer Works Education Department

    Part II The Plan in Operation

    4 The Preparation of the Management Team

    The Task, the Intention and the Resources

    Senior Managers' Conference, September 1960

    The December 1960 Conference

    Principles and Practices Courses

    The Vertical Courses

    5 The Training of Foremen


    The Number to be Trained



    The Training Methods Used


    6 The Coke Ovens—A Departmental Study in Training


    Selection and Recruitment of the First Foremen and Superintendents

    Aims for the Training of Foremen and Superintendents

    Achieving the Aims

    The Training of Operatives

    The Preparation of the Operative Training


    7 The Training Centre

    The Engineering Training Centre

    The Training Laboratory

    General Conclusions

    8 Electrical Engineering Training

    The Range of Electrical Equipment

    The Training Programme

    9 Mechanical Engineering Training

    10 Office Training

    Office Training in the Longer Term

    Office Staff Apprenticeship Scheme

    Training of Women in Offices

    Primary Recording and Control of Costs Variances

    11 Automation

    Education and Training for Automation

    12 Trade Union Training

    13 Instructional Techniques Courses

    The Purpose of the Instructional Techniques Courses

    The Pattern of the Courses


    14 Lessons Learned


    Appendix 1 Proposals for the Spencer Works Training Centre

    Appendix 2 Paper "The Precepts of Control"

    Appendix 3 Staff College Foremen's Course Programme

    Appendix 4 Coke Ovens Department—Management Training Programme

    Appendix 5 Coke Ovens Report Form on Visits

    Appendix 6 Example of Glossary of Terms

    Appendix 7 Operative Training Programme—Shift Heaters, Coke Ovens

    Appendix 8 Training Manual—Specimen Page

    Appendix 9 Terms of Reference for Automation and Computers Training Team

Product details

  • No. of pages: 260
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483226231

About the Authors

O. W. Reynolds

John Baker

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London, U.K.

About the Editors

R Brown

G. Chandler

Affiliations and Expertise

Canberra, Australia

W. A. Davis

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