New apprentice scheme for 2018
Programme will take classic apprentices to the next level
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.