for employers

looking for skilled workers?

"As we’ve grown and expanded, we’ve found it increasingly difficult to recruit staff with the right skills and attributes, recruitment is one of our key challenges."

If so, why not hire an apprentice? A growing number of companies are doing so, with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices. Most training providers listed on this web-site go to great lengths to help employers like you with the selection and recruitment process.

The Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship Standard was written by employers in the industry just like you.

The government fundamentally changed the way apprenticeships were run and funded from April 2017. Industry groups like the Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group sat down to re-write the syllabuses to make apprenticeships more relevant for the heritage engineering industry and with higher standards to be achieved.

There are now 5 separate pathways in the Level 3 Standard:


for classic cars and heritage vehicles:

Heritage Engineering Vehicle Mechanical Technicians

Due to the complex nature and range of the vehicles and the risks they present, must comply with a significantly more complex range of legislation than those for conventional modern vehicles. The nature of the mechanical work could range from maintaining a historic vehicle in its unrestored condition to a complete mechanical restoration back to original build state.

Heritage Engineering Coach-building & Trim Technicians: 

The nature of the work for a Coachbuilder and Trimmer could range from the repair of a single panel to the re-manufacture of a complete chassis and handmade body. The materials used range from delicate fabrics to wood, metal and composites.


for steam engines and other steam-powered craft:

Heritage Engineering Steam (Boiler-smith) Technicians

Restore, conserve, repair and remanufacture heritage steam boilers and associated equipment and fittings including pipework, boiler mountings, safety valves and fusible plugs, washout plugs, mud doors and similar, working with a range of boiler designs created over the last century or more, including modern replicas, and found in steam road and railway engines, steam ships and boats and stationary engines.

Heritage Engineering Steam (Mechanical Overhaul) Technicians

Restore, conserve, repair and remanufacture the wheels, bearings, motion, frames and associated equipment and fittings including valves, cylinders and pistons, brake systems, pipework, and similar features of the steam engine as found in a range of designs of locomotive created over the last 150 years and in steam ships, road locomotives and stationary engines, including modern replicas.


for heritage marine:

Heritage Engineering Marine Technicians 

Maintain, service, operate, repair, restore and conserve traditional and historical vessels. They can be propelled by sail, oar or, powered by electric, steam, petrol or diesel prime movers and where the fabric of the vessel may be constructed of wood, iron, steel or composites. They carry out routine maintenance and restoration understanding the importance of retaining historic fabric as well as the original design and functionality of the vessel. Also when using modern materials, they must to be able to apply their use in a sympathetic manner ensuring the original vessel structure, design and functionality.

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