New ap­pren­tice scheme for 2018

Pro­gramme will take clas­sic ap­pren­tices to the next level

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A re­vamped ap­pren­tice­ship course for the next gen­er­a­tion of clas­sic re­stor­ers will be­gin in Septem­ber 2018.

The new Trail­blazer Her­itage Engi­neer­ing Stan­dard course will have more engi­neer­ing con­tent, in­clud­ing spe­cialisms in ma­rine, avi­a­tion and steam. It will start with uni­ver­sal skills, then move on to ad­vanced spe­cialisms.

For the aca­demic year start­ing in Septem­ber there will be more than 100 trainees at Bices­ter Col­lege and a fur­ther 30 at clas­sic dealer P& A Wood and Emtec Col­lege at Not­ting­ham.

The De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion through the In­sti­tute for Ap­pren­tices has for­mally ac­cepted that the Trail­blazer Her­itage Engi­neer­ing Stan­dard is unique and is not cov­ered by an ex­ist­ing stan­dard. In or­der to demon­strate that the train­ing is em­ployer-led, the chair­man of the group must be an em­ployer.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs hopes that there will be more trainees tak­ing on the course in 2018. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, Ge­off Lan­caster, says: ‘ The doc­u­ment out­lin­ing the Her­itage Engi­neer­ing Stan­dard will be ready for sub­mis­sion to the in­sti­tute for ap­pren­tices in the near fu­ture, at which point the fund­ing band for the train­ing will be set.’

Bices­ter Her­itage is in­trin­si­cally linked with the course – with more than 100 trainees at­tend­ing the lo­cal col­lege there.

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