Francis Galashan, founding Chairman of Bicester Heritage and a Trustee of both the Galashan Trust and the Federation Skills Trust, has been passionate about creating vibrant Heritage Engineering apprenticeship skills programmes since he founded the first training scheme in conjunction with the F.B.H.V.C. in 2014.
He is a member of the Alvis Owner Club and has a passion for old Fiat Pandas!
Federation Skills Trust
The object of The Federation Skills Trust 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 Trust was established as a product of the cooperation between the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and The Galashan Trust around heritage engineering apprenticeships. We have contributed financially and in practical ways with the establishment of apprenticeship training providers including the Heritage Skills Academy.
A charity registered in England and Wales number 1192334
Bicester Heritage is creating a revolution in historic vehicle ownership. The unique location is the UK’s only hub for historic motoring excellence and is the national centre for a £5.5bn per annum industry that employs over 34,000 skilled people.
Founded in 2013 Bicester Heritage has gone from a standing start to a home for over 40 specialist businesses, and growing, with a collective turnover of over £40m, making it the largest player in the industry and set to grow exponentially with a global reach. The unique ecosystem of businesses based at a beautiful 444 acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station acts as ‘marina-like’ cluster, promoting skills and expertise, employment, qualified customer footfall, shared business incubation and aggregate growth. Collectively, Bicester Heritage is all about driving the future of the past.
“A STROKE OF GENIUS.”
Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester
The Galashan Trust
The trust has supported the F.B.H.V.C. with the creation of both the levels 2 and 3 Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeships Frameworks and the more recent level 3 Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship Standard.
It has helped establish the workshop facilities at Activate Learning's Bicester Heritage campus and more recently with the equipping of the Heritage Skills Academy at both their Bicester Heritage site and more recently-established campus at Brooklands Museum.
The Galashan Trust is a charity registered in Scotland number SC040414.