Our Apprenticeships

The ‘Heritage Skills Academy’ was created as a result of recognition by the heritage industry that the ‘old engineering skills’ were fading away, career opportunities were not being promoted to the new generation of young engineers and existing qualifications did not teach the traditional skills and knowledge required by the heritage industry.

P & A Wood (Rolls-Royce and Bentley Heritage Restoration specialists) were the catalyst to deliver a bespoke training programme to meet the specific needs of the vehicle restoration industry.

From their initial support and their recommendation to other like-minded companies and organisations, ‘Heritage Skills Academy’ was formed to ensure that the specialist skills and knowledge required to restore and maintain the world’s finest engineering heritage are maintained and thrive for future generations of engineers.

In 2016, the ‘Department of Education’ provided the opportunity to develop a qualification that addressed the needs of the Heritage engineering industry. After two years of hard work the new ‘Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship Standard’ was approved by the ‘Institute for Apprenticeships’ on the 23rd August 2018.

The Heritage Industry finally has a qualification, designed by the industry, to deliver the skills, knowledge, behaviours and training required to produce the next generation of ‘world-class’ Heritage Engineers.

The ‘Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship Standard’ covers four engineering Sectors:

Within each Sector there are specific Routes for:

Each Route consists of:

Find our more about the Standard on IFA Website.

 

This prestigious Heritage Skills Academy Apprenticeship Programme is designed to ensure that the specialist skills required to restore and maintain the world’s finest Pre-War, Post-War Classic Motor Cars are maintained and thrive within the industry.

Successful applicants will be trained on-site at the Heritage Skills Academy’s prestigious base at Bicester Heritage Centre or Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Shropshire , where they will be given the opportunity to work with world-class engineers on the world’s finest vehicles.

John Pitchforth, CEO at Heritage Skills Academy, said “The launch of our Apprenticeship Programme in 2017 is an exciting event for our company. The programme will play a vital role in ensuring we maintain the skills and expertise necessary to continue the high standards of restoration carried out across the industry”.

To apply for a ‘Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship’ delivered by the Heritage Skills Academy you complete the online application form.

Heritage Engineering - Aviation Technician

This Apprenticeship coming soon.

  • Duration: To be confirmed
  • Apprenticeship level: 1/2/3
  • Attendance: Block Release
  • Location: Bicester Heritage

Heritage Engineering - Marine Technician

This Apprenticeships is coming soon.

  • Duration: To be confirmed
  • Apprenticeship level: 1/2/3
  • Attendance: Block Release
  • Location: Bicester Heritage

Heritage Engineering - Steam Technicians

This Apprenticeship is coming soon. 

  • Duration: To be confirmed
  • Apprenticeship level: 1/2/3
  • Attendance: Block Release
  • Location: Bicester Heritage

Heritage Engineering - Vehicle Coach Building & Trim Technician

This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to coach-building & trim ranging from vintage to Modern classics.

  • Duration: 42 months
  • Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced)
  • Attendance: Block Release
  • Location: Bicester Heritage

Heritage Engineering - Vehicle Mechanical Technician

This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to vehicle mechanical systems ranging from vintage to Modern classics.

  • Duration: 42 months
  • Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced)
  • Attendance: Block Release
  • Location: Bicester Heritage

Heritage Engineering - Vehicle Trim & Coach Building Technician

This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to trim & coach-building ranging from vintage to Modern classics.

  • Duration: 42 months
  • Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced)
  • Attendance: Block Release
  • Location: Bicester Heritage

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