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Cosmo Galashan

Cosmo Galashan

Cosmo Galashan

Level 2 Diploma in Classic Vehicle Restoration

Level 2 Diploma in Classic Vehicle Restoration

I have always found mans ability to achieve movement from materials mesmerising. I attended boarding school in rural Scotland, where I was told I had an aptitude for academia, but I knew I didn't have an appetite for it. I went to university to study mechanical engineering and I found this to be too much about abstract maths and not enough getting my hands dirty. So I left.

I was visting a Sunday Scramble event at Bicester Heritage, when I saw a stand for Heritage Skills Academy inside one of the carefully restored old buildings. That was the day I signed up for a course in Classic Vehicle restoration at Bicester Heritage. I sent my sparse CV to several business I thought I would enjoy and went on a few tester days. Despite my lack of experience, I was offered an apprenticeship at McGrath Maserati.

I have now been at McGrath for 2 years and I couldn't be any more appreciative of the chance that Andy Heywood has given me. The knowledge that these guys possess is amazing. Its a great feeling doing something I really want to do, rather than something I feel I should be doing. I also feel like I'm perpetuating skills and know how which otherwise might be lost in a few generations time.

On a day to day basis I am responsible for helping in any way I can and soaking up as much wisdom as I can. The variety is exciting and the attention to detail humbling.
I learn new skills, techniques and information everyday.

My limited exposure to mechanics until my 20s didn't stop me from finding an apprenticeship, in fact a blank slate can be a good thing. If you are reading this I would advise you to check out apprenticeships in Classic Vehicle Restoration in your area.

TRAINING PROVIDER

Activate Learning
Activate Learning
Activate Learning

Activate Learning

EMPLOYER

McGrath Maserati
McGrath Maserati

McGrath Maserati

McGrath Maserati