Jörn Scharlemann winner of M.M.O.C. Apprentice of the Year Award.





The Club has been awarding this prize ever since 2016 and you can see the past winners here.


Jörn has an unusual background as an apprentice. He left his post as a university professor to take up the post with this very highly-esteemed race preparation and restoration company.


In his own words:


"In the summer of 2020, I decided to explore whether I would enjoy working on classic cars by attending a week long fabrication and welding course at the Heritage Skills Academy in Bicester. I was so impressed by the passion and knowledge of the teacher, Andy Kelly, and the Heritage Skills Academy team, that I decided to look for an apprenticeship opportunity to retrain as a Heritage Engineering Vehicle Mechanical Technician.


I was delighted that CKL Developments Ltd, the world’s leading specialist in 1950’s and 1960’s Jaguar sports cars, took me on as an apprentice. The varied opportunities to work on some amazing, historically important race cars has been enjoyable. Every day is different with tasks including rewiring a kit car; cleaning, blasting and painting parts; fabricating parts; and supporting cars at race meetings. The on-the-job training by colleagues and mentors at CKL has helped me put the theoretical learning gained during my weeks at the Heritage Skills Academy into practice. The small group teaching by our highly knowledgeable teacher, John Passfield, and the individual support by the Heritage Skills Academy is more personal than lectures at many universities."


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