The longest-established Heritage Engineering apprenticeship provider with over 100 apprentices currently completing their apprenticeships on residential block release.

We serve employers around the country from our campuses located at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire and Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

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

The Heritage Skills Academy brings together experts from across the restoration industry who are committed to teaching the skills required to preserve and restore our pre- and post-war engineering heritage.

Our Oxfordshire campus is located in the heart of Bicester Heritage which has gained international recognition as the UK’s Centre of Excellence for historic motoring and whose location provides an exciting and vibrant environment which embeds new apprentices within the world of specialist craftspeople, historic engineering and cutting edge technology.

Our recently-opened Brooklands Museum campus consists of over 7,000 square feet of superbly-equipped workshop space serving both mechanical and coach-building and trim apprentices.

Brooklands Museum is on the site of the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit and was the location of the most prolific aircraft factories in Europe to this day. The Museum has a working collection and a wealth of heritage engineering expertise amongst its staff and volunteers.

We work directly with employers who task the Heritage Skills Academy with:

Advertising their vacancy.
Conducting initial Interviews with applicants.
Shortlisting suitable candidates and arranging interviews with the employer.
Organising employment with the company.
Organising and delivering the apprenticeship training over three to four years.
Looking after the interests of the apprentice and employer to ensure that apprentices are successfully trained.

With the support of the Federation Skills Trust and the Starter Motor Charity, HSA has developed workshop and training facilities dedicated to Heritage Engineering apprenticeships at both campuses.

These unique locations provide the finest academy in the world for the training and education of the UK’s next generation of world class Heritage Engineering technicians.

Vehicle Trim Technician

This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to vehicle trimming ranging from vintage to Modern classics.

Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced).

Vehicle Coach-building Technician

This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to coach-building and panel-beating ranging from vintage to modern classics.

Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced).

Vehicle Mechanical Technician

This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to vehicle mechanical systems ranging from vintage to Modern classics.

Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced).

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Classics by JSWL

Claire Cunningham - Human Resources

Classics by JSWL

‘Partnering with the Heritage Skills Academy to deliver our apprenticeships has been very successful for us. The content of the training programme compliments the core skills of our business and was clearly communicated to us from the start. We received full support throughout the recruitment process and were able to select from a pool of well-matched candidates.

Our apprentices tell us that they really enjoy their block release weeks at college, working with a supportive group of students and tutors. They find the learning facilities and quality of the training to be excellent. The programme is extremely well organised in comparison to our experience with other training providers and there are strong communication channels with both employers and apprentices.’

Project Shop

Simeon Cattle - Managing Director

Project Shop

'Heritage Skills Academy has made the difference between giving up on apprenticeships altogether and making them the backbone of my staff skills program.

Great communication, well-organised and disciplined block release means our apprentices are really learning key skills that they can use in the workplace.'

Contact Janice Pitchforth today
01438 718224
Heritage Skills Academy

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