Looking after the staff.
Mansfield Shoe Co. provided excellent training for its entire staff; all were encouraged to attend college to gain a City and Guilds in Boot and Shoe manufacture. There were also junior classes for young employees and a senior evening class.
‘…people at the ‘Shoe Co’ warmed to you very quickly and you made friends for life, it was like being part of a large family…’ Cliff Burton
Dances and social functions happened regularly in the staff canteen. Every April there was a presentation of Gold Watches, these were given out to staff for 40 years loyal service. At Christmas time as well as a Dance for the staff, there was also a party for the staff’s children this included jelly and ice-cream as well as a visit from Santa.
‘…attending evening classes once a week and day release education, was compulsory for 15 to 18 Year olds. The firm encouraged all further education and it did broaden your outlook and vision. Evening classes were held in the factory where you would spend four weeks in each department learning all aspects of shoemaking at the end of term you would design a pair of shoes and carry out the manufacturing process….’ Cliff Burton
If you visited the Medical Department you were given treatment for injuries and advice on health problems.
‘….At Christmas work rooms were trimmed up and decorated with everyone looking forward to the festive season. On the last day some departments were allowed to finish work early so they could have their ‘Fuddle’, with Babycham and Sausage Rolls, then dash of home and be back for 8pm for the Christmas Dance in the Canteen….’ Cliff Burton