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If you plan to pursue a career in the motor vehicle industry - specifically working with classic vehicles - then these courses are for you. According to research by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, there is a need for around 1,000 new apprentices in classic vehicle restoration across the UK.

Info for apprentices and learners:

These courses are designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working within the industry. You spend 1-2 days a week in college participating in classroom and practical-based sessions. The other 3-4 days are spent in the workplace, putting what you have learned into practice.

You will be expected to build a portfolio with evidence you have collected in the workplace. An assessor will visit your workplace to observe your working practices. All functional skills (English and maths) will be delivered at college within your day release.

Info for employers:

Activate Apprenticeships delivers apprenticeships, training and consulting to clients across the UK. We work with some of the UK’s top employers, creating fantastic apprenticeship opportunities and programmes that benefit both businesses and apprentices.

We are experts in apprenticeship reform and provide advice to businesses on all aspects of learning and development, recruitment, apprenticeship standards, funding compliance and securing returns on training investment.

Courses:

Level 3 Classic Vehicle Restoration.

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.

Level 2 Classic Vehicle Restoration.

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.

Sample employers:

  • Ashridge Automobiles

    Ashridge Automobiles specialise in the sale, purchase and restoration of vintage, post vintage thoroughbred (PVT) and classic cars with a particular expertise in the Riley marque.

  • McGrath Maserati

    We are proud of our heritage and our reputation, which has been built from over 40 years’ experience.

    We are an independent Maserati specialist based in the UK. Our workshops service and restore all types of Maserati car and we also supply mail order parts worldwide.

    Today we are a limited company and occupy premises of over 13,000 square feet, made up of our fully-equipped workshops using all the latest Maserati diagnostic and special tools, our restoration department where traditional skills are still much in evidence, our car storage facilities for long term projects and our extensive parts departments for new and rare used spares.

  • Tim Walker Restorations

    At Tim Walker Restorations we can provide a project-managed and professional service, no matter how large or small. Our fully equipped and easily accessible workshop, together with our skilled and experienced staff, ensure that your car is in safe hands whether you need a service, a ground-up restoration or anything in between.

Sample apprentices / learners:

  • Joe Mellor

    Since attending many vintage vehicle events such as The GoodWood Revival and Kop Hill climb at a young age with my father, I have been intrigued by the mechanisms and operating principles of historic cars, bikes and machinery. After finishing my AS levels at school, I wasn’t keen on the university path, so...

Apprentice Awards:

  • The Malcolm Davey Awards

    Jack Baker

    Ashridge Automobiles

    Apprentice of the Year 2015 - Winner

  • The Morris Minor Owners Club Apprentice of the Year Award

    James Parkes

    RPM Technik

    MMOC Apprentice of the Year Award 2017

  • The Malcolm Davey Awards

    Joe Mellor

    Tim Walker Restorations

    Apprentice of the Year 2016 - Winner

  • The Morris Minor Owners Club Apprentice of the Year Award

    Matt Gambol

    MMOC Apprentice of the Year Award 2016

  • The Malcolm Davey Awards

    Luke Banham

    Apprentice of the Year 2016 - Special Mention

  • The Malcolm Davey Awards

    Thomas Dowell

    Apprentice of the Year 2016 - Special Mention

Supported by:

    • Bicester Heritage
    • IMI Awarding
    • The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs

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