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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.

Info for apprentices and learners:

Completing the Heritage Engineering Technician Apprenticeship qualifies you to carry out a Best Practice appraisal and restoration on any vehicle, from any period, taking into account the individual project and the requirements of the owner.

You will learn about the history of the automobile, important developments, inventions and iconic vehicles, so you can evaluate and place any automobile in its proper context.

You will become familiar with all the different mechanical systems that work together, know how to inspect and test them and develop the skills necessary to restore a vehicle mechanically. Depending on your employers, there can be the opportunity to focus more closely on certain areas of this sector.

In addition to formal learning of the engineering principles involved, apprentices work in small groups, assessing, dismantling and rebuilding projects ranging from the 1920s through to the 1980s, becoming familiar with the range of components and operating systems commonly in use.

We listen to employers and have been able to build in particular requirements to suit. For instance, the early emphasis on basic workshop skills and proficiency means that apprentices are quickly competent to carry out a variety of useful operations safely.

Info for employers:

Companies we currently work with specialise in fields from specific component replacement and national/international racing to restoration for regular and show use.

We work with employers who want to upskill existing employees, firms who have an apprentice in mind and with businesses who need support to find the right young person to develop.

The latter means MCMT can advertise, interview and shortlist applicants, monitor their work experience and make sure they fit your needs. We support you throughout the process, and help you understand your responsibilities to the apprentice.

Throughout the three to four years of the course, MCMT will support the apprentice and employer to make sure the relationship works for both parties, guiding them on how to be sector ready and tailoring the training to suit their aspirations and potential.

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Courses:

Heritage Engineering - Vehicle Mechanical Technician

Location:

Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Duration:

Course type:

42 months.

Block Release - 1 week in 4.

The 3 to 4-year course will equip learners with a host of skills and knowledge used in the restoration of classic cars, vintage racing and commercial vehicles by combining classroom teaching with the opportunity to apply their learning on real-life tasks, including taking part in rebuilding a classic car from scratch.

Apprenticeship level: 3 (Advanced).

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Sample employers:

  • Classic Motor Cars

    Classic Motor Cars (CMC) of Bridgnorth, one of the UK’s longest-established vehicle restorers and twice winners of the Restoration of the Year Award.

    The company has been closely involved in the creation of MCMT and continues to provide knowledge, staff expertise and vehicles to ensure The Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship is one of the best courses in the country.

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Sample apprentices / learners:

  • Harry Ruffell Hazell

    Local lad Harry joined CMC in Bridgnorth as an apprentice in 2017 having learnt turning on lathes, milling, bench fitting and welding at the Telford College of Arts and Technology. When he finished there were no motoring apprenticeships available, so he took up an apprenticeship with a company making workwear.

    But he kept looking...

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Apprentice Awards:

  • The Historic Motoring Awards

    Harry Ruffell Hazell

    Classic Motor Cars

    HMA Apprentice of the Year Award 2020 - shortlisted

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