Trainees move to Bices­ter

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

Bices­ter Her­itage is to be­come the home for a clas­sics-re­lated ap­pren­tice­ship scheme and train­ing course.

Ap­pren­tices and full time stu­dents are to move from nearby Ban­bury and Bices­ter Col­lege to the for­mer RAF En­gine Test House this sum­mer, in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the next course start­ing in Septem­ber. Run by Ac­ti­vate Learn­ing, the scheme was set up in Septem­ber 2014 to en­cour­age young peo­ple into work­ing with clas­sic cars.

Pablo Lloyd, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ac­ti­vate Learn­ing, says: ‘Our aim is to of­fer ap­pren­tices and stu­dents a di­rect line of sight to em­ploy­ment. This move will of­fer them an un­ri­valled learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, sur­rounded by in­dus­try en­thu­si­asts and ex­per­tise, and the chance to build vi­tal links with em­ploy­ers.’

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs cre­ated the course af­ter re­search showed that half of the 28,000 em­ploy­ees work­ing in the ve­hi­cle ren­o­va­tion in­dus­try are aged 45 or older. Busi­nesses are ex­pected to need up to 150 ap­pren­tices a year for the next five years in or­der to pro­tect the fu­ture of an in­dus­try that is worth an es­ti­mated £4.3bn a year.

FBHVC Chair­man, David Whale says: ‘The in­stant suc­cess of the course meant it quickly out­grew the Bices­ter cam­pus. The fact that ideal fa­cil­i­ties, in ab­so­lutely the most ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ment ex­isted so close at Bices­ter Her­itage, was too good an op­por­tu­nity to miss.’

Daniel Geoghe­gan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Bices­ter Her­itage, adds: ‘We are fo­cused on the fu­ture of our past. Skills trans­fer is a ma­jor pil­lar of our strat­egy.’

The UK’s best pre­served World War II Bomber Com­mand Sta­tion will soon house clas­sic ap­pren­tices.

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