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Heritage Engineering training providers, courses and qualifications.

If you are an employer considering taking on an apprentice, do check out the specialist apprentice training providers below who offer nationwide residential block release schemes.

Want to get a qualification in Heritage Engineering to start your career? Then read on to see details of courses you can attend and qualifications you can achieve.

Want some fun learning more about maintaining your classic car? Have a look through the short course sections...

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Heritage and Classic Vehicle Sector

Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Short Training Courses.

Apprenticeship Training

Centres of Excellence.

The following organisations provide block-release employer-led apprenticeship training of the Heritage Engineering Advanced Apprenticeships Standard at Level 3 in all or some of the pathways:

  • Vehicle Mechanical.

  • Coachbuilding & Trim.

  • Trim only.

Heritage Skills Academy

The longest-established HEA apprenticeship provider to date with over 70 apprentices from employers around the country currently completing their apprenticeships on residential block release.

The Heritage Skills Academy has an employer satisfaction rating of 86% as measured by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education.

Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology

The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) Heritage Course, delivered by In-Comm Training, works with leading national and international racing, touring, restoration, club associations and marque specialists to deliver the heritage engineers of the future.

Apprentices learn with MCMT one week in every four, on a block release programme, with the other three weeks spent with their employers.

MCMT is rated as an "Outstanding Provider" by Ofsted.

Diploma Courses in Classic Vehicle Restoration.

The following providers run full-time college courses to help learners achieve Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ qualifications in Classic Vehicle Restoration.

From there, learners can progress to employment in the vehicle restoration industry or can embark on an apprenticeship with an employer.

The NVQs were developed by the Institute for the Motor Industry (I.M.I.) in collaboration with The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (F.B.H.V.C.).

Activate Learning

Classic Vehicle Restoration Level 2

Location:

Banbury & Bicester College, Oxon.

Duration:

Course type:

2 years.

Full time.

This course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working within the industry and focuses on developing the particular skills and knowledge required for older ‘classic’ vehicles.

What I'll learn

This qualification contains many units to allow learners the flexibility to develop their knowledge and competence across a range of different disciplines. It also develops the learners' knowledge of the history and heritage of classic vehicles.

Following successful completion of this course, you can go on to an advanced apprenticeship in the industry, or gain employment using your new qualification.

How I'll be assessed

The course consists of a series of practical assessments, written assessments and online tests.

Cornwall College

Classic Vehicle Restoration Principles Level 2

Location:

Cornwall College Cambourne

Duration:

Course type:

1 Year.

Full Time

Vehicle restoration is a very specialist area, where demand for skilled technicians is high and salaries can be very rewarding. The skills are transferable to other sectors, so you could take your qualification and move into the boat painting industry, where you could work around the world.

To become a qualified technician you must complete the Level 1 and 2 qualifications. At Level 2 specialise in vehicle restoration body, paint and accident repair. We offer full Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) training to provide you with the best start in the workplace.

If you love restoring classic vehicles this course is ideal for you. This qualification contains a broad spectrum of units to allow you the flexibility to develop your knowledge and skills across a wide range of different disciplines including accident repair techniques. This qualification has been developed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) in conjunction with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club, employers, training providers and IMI Sector Skills Councils.

Activate Learning

Classic Vehicle Restoration Level 3

Location:

Banbury & Bicester College, Oxon.

Duration:

Course type:

2 years.

Full time.

This course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working within the industry and focuses on developing the particular skills and knowledge required for older ‘classic’ vehicles.

What I'll learn

This qualification contains many units to allow learners the flexibility to develop their knowledge and competence across a range of different disciplines. It also develops the learners' knowledge of the history and heritage of classic vehicles.

Following successful completion of this course, you can go on to an advanced apprenticeship in the industry, or gain employment using your new qualification.

How I'll be assessed

The course consists of a series of practical assessments, written assessments and online tests.

Short-courses and learning for leisure.

Ralph Hosier Engineering Ltd.

Beginners Introductions

Location:

Start Date:

Duration:

Course type:

Bedford, Herts.

1 day.

1-day workshop

This is your chance to learn in the workshops of RH Engineering where amazing vehicles are created.
Courses are offered for people with all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

Courses are available as either non-assessed or assessed. The difference is important, with the non-assessed courses aimed at enthusiasts who would like to improve and learn new skills. Students receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course, recognised by the Association of Heritage Engineers.

Courses relevant to heritage motoring & vehicles include:

- Classic car electrics (introduction for beginners)
- Classic car electrics (foundation for mechanics)
- Basic car maintenance (introduction for beginners)
- Basic car maintenance (foundation for more experienced enthusiasts)
-Understanding suspension geometry and handling

Ralph Hosier Engineering Ltd.

Basic Level Skills

Location:

Start Date:

Duration:

Course type:

Bedford, Herts.

2 days.

2-day workshop

This is your chance to learn in the workshops of RH Engineering where amazing vehicles are created.

Courses are offered for people with all skill levels, from beginner to expert.

Courses are available as either non-assessed or assessed. The difference is important, with the non-assessed courses aimed at enthusiasts who would like to improve and learn new skills. Students receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course, recognised by the Association of Heritage Engineers.

The assessed courses are aimed at those wishing to have industry recognition. These feature a practical and written assessment following the course, with students receiving a Certificate of Achievement with their test scores.

Relevant courses for heritage motoring & vehicles include:

- Basic welding and car body repair.
- Introduction to car painting and preparation.
- Track day car build and setup.

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Heritage & Classic Vehicle Sector
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Heritage Steam & Rail Sector.

Traineeships and Short Courses.

Traineeships

These providers run traineeship schemes in the heritage rail and steam sector.

Boiler & Engineering Skills Training Trust

BESTT is a partnership of steam heritage organisations representing railways, ships and traction engines and has developed a range of training courses on boiler repair, maintenance and the mechanical overhaul of steam engines.

In addition to short courses, the BESTT one year Mechanical Repair traineeship course, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund gives young people a 12 month intensive training in heritage engineering including paid placements at relevant employers and learning modules at Keighley and York colleges.

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Short Courses

Boiler & Engineering Skills Training Trust

Boiler Washout & Examination short course

Location:

Various locations.

Duration:

Course type:

4 days.

Short Course.

This course is suitable for novices and candidates with no previous practical washout and inspection experience. Topics covered includes removal of plugs and doors, inspection and boxing up, including practical tests.

All techniques are cross referenced to BESTT module RHG1 and BCoP guidance note HGR-B9155.

Boiler & Engineering Skills Training Trust

Riveting short course

Location:

Various locations.

Duration:

Course type:

4 days.

Short Course.

Riveting is a core skill in steam boiler repair. There is a shortage of skilled riveters and an increasing requirement for locomotive and repair workshops to be able to demonstrate that they have people with the right skills.

The Riveter Qualification Course, based on the BESTT syllabus and Heritage Railway Association Boiler Code of Practice covers types of rivet, rivet holes, rivet heads, length calculation, heating rivets, hydraulic riveting, safety, use of pneumatic tools and other aspects.

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Heritage Marine Sector Courses

All courses:

Pioneer Sailing Trust

Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering

Location:

Harkers Yard, Brightlingsea, Essex

Duration:

Course type:

24 months.

Full time.

The Trinity House Launch and Priscilla are part of a wider three year project and are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The apprentices work alongside shipwrights to learn and develop woodwork skills. The hope is the traditional skills will be transferred and conserved for the future. Whilst most of the projects in the yard are centred on traditional wooden boats, apprentices are also given the opportunity to work using modern techniques, which equip them with relevant stills needed for modern marine industries.

The apprentices work towards the Apprenticeship in Marine Engineering, comprising of a NVQ level 3 qualification in Marine Engineering and City and Guilds 2451 course in yacht building and repairs. The apprenticeship programme lasts approximately 24 months and provides apprentices with the valuable knowledge they need to carry out safe practice at work, understand the marine industry and ultimately make them more employable.

The apprentices are also encouraged to sail aboard Pioneer in the summer. Sailing is a valuable experience for them and the hope is to ignite their passion for boats and the water. Through the combined experience of boat work, theory and sailing, Pioneer gives the apprentices an enriched and unique experience, which they can take with them into their next steps in life.

National Historic Ships UK

Historic Vessel Conservation

Location:

Distance Learning.

Duration:

Course type:

min 6 months, max 3 years.

Distance Learning

National Historic Ships UK are pleased to now offer a qualification in Historic Vessel Conservation. This course is unique in addressing the specialist knowledge needed to understand a historic vessel project. It will establish a national standard, ensuring that the conservation work being carried out on these craft follows recognised guidelines.

During the course you will gain a real understanding of different approaches, terminology, standards and outcomes and put these into practise.

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