I started with the CEGB as a student trainee in September 1968 at Nechells Power Station, having to report to Albert Stafford, the Deputy Superintendant. I'd been interviewed at Haslucks Green Road a few months earlier by Bill Skurr, who was also the training engineer for several power stations in the West Midlands.
Two trainees who started the same day were Colin (forgotten his surname) and Peter Longman. We were given a tour of the station by Roger Commander who had started the previous year. A few weeks later we were sent off for workshop training at Derby College; we had digs in St.Thomas Road, at a Mrs Owen's house.
I then went onto Ironbridge spending time at both 'A' and 'B' stations, and then at Scientific Services at Ratcliffe. The last three months of training was spent at Drakelow 'C' in connection with the S.M.A.R.T. planning programme.
Recently I have been doing a bit of research into the history of the power stations at Nechells, and I'd be very pleased to hear from anyone who worked there, or has any photographs of the station.