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Answers to your questions about classic car restoration apprenticeships, mechanics training, panel beaters, coach builders, boiler smiths, heritage marine technicians, heritage skills qualifications etc.

  • What is an Apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a practical way to combine training in a job with study to advance your skills. As an apprentice you will be working full time for an employer. You will be working alongside experienced staff and will gain job-specific skills via on-the-job training and approximately 20% formal training and study time.
  • What are the entry requirements?
    Individual employers will identify relevant entry requirements. Most candidates will typically have GCSE’s (or equivalents) at grades 4 to 9 including English and Maths and possibly a relevant science or engineering based qualification. Applicants without the appropriate level in English and mathematics will be considered providing they can demonstrate a genuine interest in engineering heritage and the capability to achieve the appropriate level within the timescale of the apprenticeship
  • How long do Heritage Apprenticeships last for?
    The apprenticeships on this site are all at Advanced Apprenticeship level and typically take around 42 months plus a bit more for the end-point assesment process. They can be shorter if you have prior skills and knowledge.
  • Does my local college run an HEA-approved course?
    Unlikely. Most heritage engineering apprenticeships are taught by specialist training Providers at a few Centres-of-Excelllence. Typically you would work 4 or 5 weeks with your employer, then go for 1 week's residential course to the training provider on "Block Release". More details about the Training Providers are here. There are also non-apprenticeship diploma courses taught at a number of colleges which you can find on the Courses page. These are generally taught by colleges full-time without the need to be employed.
  • Do I get paid on a heritage engineering apprenticeship?
    Yes. You will receive a basic salary as with other jobs (please see amount to be paid next to the job title) and any other benefits that the employer chooses to offer. Do check the details of this when you go for interview.
  • What will I earn as an apprentice?
    Apprentices are subject to a minimum wage but most employers offer a more competitive starting salary. A target starting wage might be between £150 and £200 per week Most employers offer developmental increases each year throughout the apprenticeship programme. Employers are encouraged to apply additional hourly increases to reflect performance, commitment and initiative.
  • When will I know if I have an apprenticeship offer?
    If you pass the initial assessment you will be considered for a second interview. If you pass the second interview you will be invited for a one week trial (the employer will cover your travel and lunch costs). You will then be informed of the employer’s decision.
  • Can I re-apply if I am not successful?
    Yes, but interviews for each apprenticeship are offered based on the applications for that apprenticeship.
  • Can I apply for a Student Discount card?
    Yes, for a cost of £11, you are entitled to apply to the NUS (National Union of Students) for an ‘Apprentice Extra’ card. This provides discounts on a variety of essentials from more than 150 high street and online retail partners. Discounts are also available on travel, sport, books and DVD, technology, mobile and broadband, as well as fashion, beauty and going out.
  • Do I get college holidays?
    No, if college is not scheduled you are required to attend work unless you have an authorised holiday.
  • Can I choose my specialist area?
    You can indicate your preference, but during the first two years of your apprenticeship you may be required to spend time in a range of departments. Your final choice of specialism will be made based on your talents, preference and the requirements of the employer. Your commitment, attitude and enthusiasm will heavily influence your final offer.
  • Do previous qualifications count towards my apprenticeship?
    Yes, previously achieved qualifications will be considered where appropriate.
  • Am I guaranteed a job after the Apprenticeship?
    No, your offer of a job is dependent upon the requirements of the business and your performance throughout your apprenticeship. However, those who are not offered jobs will have a CV, qualification and experience that will make them very attractive to other specialist companies within the Restoration Industry.
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