From a single FE college, Activate Learning has evolved into an international group including secondary, further and higher education, apprenticeship and workforce training, consultancy and commercial business.
Barnet & Southgate College
Barnet & Southgate College'saim is to prepare students for higher education or the world of work, whilst providing a warm and friendly atmosphere in which to learn. We are one of the largest colleges in north London, offering a wide range of academic and vocational courses, many directly linked to local employers and universities. Our curriculum is as diverse as our students; from GCSEs and A Levels to professional qualifications and Higher Education, and vocational training in everything from construction to hairdressing and motorsport.
Bicester Heritage is the UK’s first park for the restoration, storage and enjoyment of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and aeroplanes, set in 348 acres of a historic 1920s RAF bomber station moments from the M40. We have refurbished and restored its redbrick buildings, hangars, tree-lined avenues and airfield to provide an authentic period setting for specialists, vehicle owners, enthusiasts and visitors to meet, share their passions and immerse themselves in a classic age.
Classic Performance Engineering
Classic Performance Engineering specialises in the restoration, race preparation and servicing of vintage and historic sports and competition motorcars. Our well-appointed workshop facility is based at Bicester Heritage in Oxfordshire, UK. With our roots firmly established in engineering, we are proud to be able to work on almost any make and model of vintage or historic car to the highest standards.
DTA have been engaged in the support of NYMR Steam Heritage railway for over 20 years, being their prime and only provider of apprenticeship training.
As a result their current Locomotive Engineering Shed Manager is an ex DTA trained apprentice from the 1990’s, and they continue to add to their trained staff at about 2 apprentices a year, both in Locomotive and Carriage works at Grosmont and Pickering.
Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs exists to uphold the freedom to use historic vehicles on the road. It does this by representing the interests of owners of such vehicles to politicians, government officials, and legislators both in the UK and (through the Federation Internationale des Vehicules Anciens) in Europe.
There are over 540 subscriber organisations representing a total membership of over 250,000 in addition to individual and trade supporters.
Boiler & Engineering Skills Trust
BESTT (Boiler and Engineering Skills Training Trust) is a charity which provides syllabus based training, independently assessed, in the maintenance and repair of steam machinery, including boilers. Our goal is to support safe and sustainable steam heritage operations into the future. Following our successful 2013-16 Heritage Lottery Funded one year training programme for 16 boilersmith trainees, we plan, subject to HLF approval, a one year traineeship programme on mechanical overhaul (2018-2020). We also provide self funding short courses (eg boiler washout and inspection, riveting). For more detail see: www.bestt.org.uk or email
British Aviation Preservation Trust
The BAPC, formed in 1967, is the national body for the preservation of aviation related items. It is a voluntary staffed body which undertakes a representation, co-ordination and enabling role.
BAPC membership includes national, local authority, independent and service museums, private collections, voluntary groups and other organisations involved in the advancement of aviation preservation in Britain.
British Motor Museum
The British Motor Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of historic British Cars; it boasts nearly 300 cars in its collection which span the classic, vintage and veteran eras.
Situated in the small village of Gaydon, Warwickshire, just off junction 12 of the M40. The Museum building is a spectacular piece of architecture with an art deco design, whilst the Collections Centre building is a modern contrast. Together they stand proudly in a beautifully landscaped setting of 65 acres, which rolls out onto the Warwickshire countryside.
Our aim is for Brooklands to be ‘best in class’ and an internationally recognised ‘living museum’. By that we mean that the Museum will be a place of activity: we will demonstrate our aircraft and cars by running engines and provide rides on Test Hill and the Banking; we will continue to develop our learning and family activities for all ages, with volunteers who will interact with visitors to ensure that they get the most out of their visits. Our site will be dynamic with constantly developing exhibitions and displays and we will not be afraid to try new things.
Brooklands is built on real stories of people with a passion for breaking the mould, their genius and invention, celebrated on the actual tarmac and in the very buildings ‘where it actually happened’.
The Museum will continue to be at the forefront of preserving the heritage of Brooklands, both on its own site but also taking a lead and influencing the landowners and stakeholders in the wider Brooklands area.
Coventry Transport Museum opened in 1980, after it became clear that the road transport collection was outgrowing the space it occupied in the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. The Museum’s current collection of vehicles is acknowledged as being one of the finest in the world, and the largest in public ownership.
The Museum’s collection consists of motor cars, commercial vehicles, cycles and motorcycles. In addition, extensive collections of automobilia, books, photographs and a wealth of other archive material is held and conserved at the Coventry History Centre at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.