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...
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...
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.
I originally was meant to go to a different college in Birmingham, but the company I was first employed with had heard about the Heritage Skills Academy through people at Bicester Heritage and had offered me an interview. I jumped at the chance because it was an opportunity to learn about classic cars and how to really problem solve, not just replace parts.
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...
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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...
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.”