Ah, yes, I remember it well!!
I was and YTS ITeC trainee in the 80's.
Those were the days - listening to various mixes of Frankie Goes To Hollywoods Two Tribes.
I managed to do both software and hardware curriculum's in my year there.
I too played around with BBC B's and even built an interface to connect a Beeb to a Commode PET.
We have memories of popping capacitors into prototype stations and blowing them up with the pleasant smell of burnt shredded wheat.
Setting of the CO2 fire extinguishers with the lights off just to see the static discharge.
Last two weeks our entire year group was invited to Ullswater for an outward bound adventure. Note, when sitting on a raft in the middle of the lake, don't let one of your daft mates start to undo the ropes holding the things together.
However, on a positive note, a few years later, I was working for the local NHS and invited some of the current ITeC trainees to come for works experience and ended up making them permanent employees