Here we catch up with a few stories about apprentices and trainees in the Heritage Engineering world...



  • Harry Ruffell Hazell

    Local lad Harry joined CMC in Bridgnorth as an apprentice in 2017 having learnt turning on lathes, milling, bench fitting and welding at the Telford College of Arts and Technology. When he finished there were no motoring apprenticeships available, so he took up an apprenticeship with a company making workwear.

    But he kept looking...

    Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology
  • Zack Whyte

    When AJ Glew was contacted by Heritage Skills Academy asking if it would like to help with an apprentice, the company jumped at the chance, having had “many an engineer come through our doors not understanding how vintage and veteran cars work”. What better way, it thought, than to train the dying skills of mechanical engineering itself to an eager young apprentice...

    Heritage Skills Academy
  • Billy Strutt

    Billy joined the world-renowned Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist in 2017 as an apprentice in the mechanical workshop. Primarily working within the Post-War department (1945-1965 Bentley and Rolls-Royce) Billy has been working closely with an experienced team of professional mechanics in conjunction with the Heritage Skills Academy to become a very well respected member of the P & A Wood team.

    Heritage Skills Academy
  • Joe Mellor

    Since attending many vintage vehicle events such as The GoodWood Revival and Kop Hill climb at a young age with my father, I have been intrigued by the mechanisms and operating principles of historic cars, bikes and machinery. After finishing my AS levels at school, I wasn’t keen on the university path, so...

    Activate Learning
  • Emily Leese

    Classic car fanatic Emily, who has been a volunteer at the National Motor Museum since the age of 14, is starting a four-year apprenticeship which is being generously funded by a small group of Beaulieu One Hundred members....

    Heritage Skills Academy
  • William Florey

    Before my apprenticeship I was at sixth form, studying A levels and at the time this was not what I particularly wanted to pursue, in particular the path to university. One of my teachers notified me of an up and coming apprenticeship scheme running with a Rolls Royce and Bentley garage (P&A Wood) not far from my house and school....

    Heritage Skills Academy
  • Eleanor Churchlow

    While I was at school I considered a career in Forensic Science, however this would have meant going to Uni, I didn’t want to have a debt before finding employment.

    A teacher who knew that I also had an interest in older cars showed me an advert for an Apprenticeship in Classic Vehicle Restoration...

    Heritage Skills Academy
  • Jay Lacey

    I found a position at P & A Wood, Rolls Royce and Bentley Dealers to do work experience while at school. I then worked there on Saturdays until I left school. I took my time to decide how I wanted my career to go, looking at other job roles or college courses.

    I decided that an apprenticeship would be my best option and knew already of the scheme at P&A Wood. I applied for this...

    Heritage Skills Academy


  • Jonathan Robinson

    I'm a second year Fabrication and Welding Apprentice at North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) in Pickering. I find my job a fantastic experience and in the two years of being here it has taught me a variety of skills and experience that I couldn’t have learned anywhere else. It has given me the best opportunity to evolve my career...

    Derwent Training Association
    North Yorkshire Moors Railway


  • Francis Chichester

    Francis Chichester

    Sir Francis Chichester, (born September 17, 1901, Barnstaple, Devon, England—died August 26, 1972, Plymouth, Devon), adventurer who in 1966–67 sailed around the world alone in a 55-foot sailing yacht, the “Gipsy Moth IV.”

    National Historic Ships UK

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