APPRENTICE SCHEME ANGER
FBHVC says ‘rug has been pulled from under’ its feet. Government insists funding changes are needed
Britain’s only accredited apprenticeship course for classic car restorations is under threat following new Government proposals that have angered the scheme’s organisers.
Under new guidelines, stewardship of the courses must to be in the hands of organisations in the same line of business as the course subject. The classics programme is currently under the auspices of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBVHC). In the case of a classic restoration apprenticeship, this would be have to be run by an engineering concern.
‘We have set up this course and administered it, and now we feel we’re having the rug pulled from under our feet,’ says FBHVC communications director Geoff Lancaster.
Department of Education spokesperson Jessica Ware defends the changes. She says: ‘ The classic car apprenticeship is a very worthwhile course and introducing the levy will bring more money into apprenticeship as a whole, a £2.5 billion increase in fact.’
The FBHVC’s course had 60 participants taking courses at Bicester Heritage and Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist P&A Wood. ‘We were hoping that 100 students would be involved and more colleges would run the course. It’s not in danger, but there is uncertainty over changes in legislation affecting all apprenticeship schemes,’ adds Lancaster.
The new aim is to change from direct Government funding for apprenticeships to a levy on big business. No date has been announced.
New proposals could strip the FBHVC of the right to set up classic car training courses.