New skills hopes
JLR to recruit trainees, P&A Wood takes on eight
Jaguar Land Rover’s new Classic division wants to establish a new classic car technician apprenticeship programme to help address the skills gap in the industry.
JLR is lobbying the Government for financial support and has already launched its own recruitment drive to add new blood to its classic car division.
Kevin Riches, Jaguar Land Rover Classic division manager, says: ‘We’re looking at creating an apprenticeship programme in association with other brands that are in the same position where there aren’t technicians that have the skills to restore and repair heritage vehicles.
‘We want to create a programme that puts a focus back on the mechanical and artisanal skills involved with classic vehicles.’ Riches expects to recruit seven or eight classic technicians a year.
P&A Wood, a classic Rolls-Royce and Bentley repair specialist in Dunmow, Essex, has taken on eight new classic apprentices. It has already created its own four-year classic vehicle restoration apprenticeship. Training includes modules on upholstery, bodywork, servicing and engine rebuilds.
Mark Hews, Head of P&A Wood apprentice scheme, says: ‘Apprentices are our future. ‘You can’t learn the skills that mechanics and coachbuilders need in a full time college or university. You need to have that hands-on skill.’
Apprentice takes a hands-on approach to an XK150 interior.