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About the ‘Heritage Skills Academy’


The ‘Heritage Skills Academy’ has been created to deliver ‘Heritage Engineering Apprenticeships’ across a range of sectors include veteran, vintage and classic; agricultural engineering, aviation, bus and coach, commercial vehicle, marine, military vehicle, motor cycle, motor vehicle and steam. Our mission is to ensure that the traditional skills required to maintain and restore our Engineering heritage thrive and that the UK maintains its position as the centre for engineering excellence.

Our first programme will be focus on Classic Vehicle restoration from September 2017. The Academy will bring together experts from across the Automotive Industry who are committed to teaching the skills required to preserve and restore our Pre-war, Post-war and Modern automotive heritage.

If you are interested in a career with excellent prospects and a reputation that could offer progression into engineering and management positions across the world, this is the place to start.  

We have over 25 years of experience in delivering world class Automotive Apprenticeships. The Academy is based at the ‘Bicester Heritage’ site in Oxfordshire, the UK’s first park for the restoration, storage and enjoyment of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes.

What Does The Heritage Skills Academy Do?

We work directly with Employers who task the Heritage Skills Academy with:

  • Advertising their vacancy
  • Conducting initial Interviews with applicants
  • Shortlisting suitable candidates and arranging interviews with the Company
  • Organising employment with the company
  • Organising and delivering the Apprenticeship Training over three to four years
  • Looking after the interests of the Apprentice and Employer to ensure that Apprentices are successful
Job Interview
Skills Training

The Qualifications


  • Level 2 Diploma in Classic Vehicle Restoration 
  • Level 3 Diploma in Classic Vehicle Restoration 

New Standard

  • Heritage Engineering Technician (New Standard – Launch expected October 2017 – Delivered over 36 months (with the option of an additional 4th year), candidates will become qualified as:

Job Role: Heritage Engineering Technician


  • Mechanical
  • Precision Engineering
  • Coach Building
  • Trim

Delivery Method: Block Release

Delivery Locations: Bicester Heritage & Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology

Start Date: September 2017 – March 2018 – September 2018 (subject to demand)

Recruitment: From February 2017

  • Understanding customer requirements, managing customer expectations & budgeting
  • Research and investigation
  • Assessments, detailed dismantling/re-building, measuring and recording
  • Pre-war, post-war and modern engineering processes and systems
  • Design, technical drawing, machining and fabrication
  • Coach building and component manufacture (various materials)
  • Internal and external trimming
  • Electrics
  • External finishing (including fabric and paint application techniques)
  • Detailing and transportation
  • Quality assurance

The programme will be delivered over 21 weeks of block release over 3 years from delivered by the Heritage Skills Academy.

The UK restoration industry is thriving and respected internationally. According to research by the ‘Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs’ (FBHVC) in 2016, it currently employs more than 34,900 people and has an annual spend in excess of £5.5 billion.

It has an aging workforce and is now opening up Apprenticeship opportunities to ensure that talents are developed and skills maintained to secure the future of our engineering heritage. There has never been a better time to choose this industry for an interesting and challenging career.

If you are hardworking, conscientious and have a passion for engineering  –  Apply now.

Our employers believe in Apprenticeships as the only way to ensure that the specialist skills, expertise and knowledge required to deliver world class restoration, repair and maintenance to pre-war, post-war and the modern vehicles are retained for the future within the restoration industry’s workforce.

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