According to the 2016 National Historic Vehicle Survey, commissioned by the Federation of British Historic Vehicles Club, there are  34,900 people employed in the historic vehicle industry in Britain  generating £662 million a year in the UK.


Out of the 22,000 people earning some or all of their living from the industry 12,040 people (43%) are 45 years old or more meaning that a large number of the workforce will be retiring or coming up for retirement in the next 20 years. 380 employers were surveyed as part of the research report and 41% of those employers said that they expect to recruit new staff within the next five years. This means there is an urgent call to bring new life into the sector  . . .

HEA was created to help solve this problem, to unfetter the development of the British Heritage Engineering sector so it can maintain its status on the global stage.

Your involvement as a training provider to support this growth is an essential part of the UK's educational provision. In providing an apprenticeship course you receive financial support from the UK Government. As of 25 October 2016, the Government announced:

  • more support for younger apprentices and disadvantaged people:

    • 100% of training costs will be paid by government for employers with fewer than 50 employees who take on apprentices aged 16 to 18 years old. This will also apply to smaller employers who take on 19- to 24-year-olds who were in care or 19- to 24-year-olds with an education and health care plan

    • £1,000 each from government to employers and training providers who take on 16- to 18-year-olds and 19- to 24-year-olds who were in care or who have an education and health care plan

    • providers that train 16- to 18-year-olds on apprenticeship frameworks will be given an additional cash payment equal to 20% of the funding band maximum in order to help them to adapt to the new, simpler funding model

    • providers that train apprentices from the most deprived areas on apprenticeship frameworks will continue to receive additional funding from government. More than £60 million will be invested in supporting the training of apprentices from the poorest areas in the country, equalling around one third of all apprentices. It is vital that we make sure that these funds are being invested in the right way, which is why we will conduct a fuller review into how to support individuals from all backgrounds into apprenticeships in future. This will look at the support employers should receive, as well as providers, and conclude next year.

  • more flexibility for employers:

    • longer for employers to spend funds in their digital account, now with 24 months before they expire, an increase from government’s original proposal of just 18 months

    • a commitment to introducing the ability for employers to transfer digital funds to other employers in their supply chains, sector or to apprenticeship training agencies in 2018, with a new employer group including the Confederation of British Industry, Federation of Small Businesses, British Chambers of Commerce, Charity Finance Group and EEF - the manufacturers’ organisation - to help government develop this system so that it works for employers.

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