About Us

An alliance of those committed to the preservation of engineering heritage and skills

Heritage Engineering Apprenticeships were born in 2018 as a result of the government's revamp of apprenticeships making them more employer-led.

They are a result of a great deal of collaboration between many organisations and individuals whose valued help and dedication to preserving engineering skills and heritage has resulted in a thriving programme of restoration apprenticeship training.

The programme developed from the earlier Classic Vehicle Restoration Framework created in 2014 as a partnership between the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and The Institute for the Motor Industry.


Trailblazer Group

This is the employer group who define and control what is taught in the apprenticeship Standard. This is an employer-led apprenticeship and we encourage employers to reach out to the contacts below and to get involved.


The Federation Skills Trust

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The Federation Skills Trust is a charity registered in England number 1192334 whose charitable object is: "The advancement of education by promoting, whether directly through financial or other support, the training and teaching of engineering skills and processes and by encouraging and supporting the development and transference of skills appertaining to the repair, maintenance, preservation and renovation of all types of heritage transport, historic vehicle and machinery."

The FST and its predecessor have made grants of over £500,000 to support the development of Heritage Engineering Apprenticeships since 2014.


Example Employers

There are well over 100 employers with apprentices enrolled on the programme to date with companies ranging from sole-traders, through start-ups to large well-established players.

Organisations range from general restorers, marque specialists, EV-conversion companies, pre-war specialists to race preparation and support firms.



Thanks to the many organisations who have helped with the development of this programme over the years including the example organisations listed below: