Located in the heart of ‘Bicester Heritage’ which has gained international recognition as the UK’s ‘Centre of Excellence for historic motoring and aviation. For apprentices lucky enough to become part of Heritage Skills Academy, our location within ‘Bicester Heritage’ provides an exciting and vibrant environment which embeds them within the world of specialist engineers, historic engineering and cutting-edge technology.
With the support of the Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs’, the Galashan Foundation’ and the ‘Starter Motor Charity, HSA has developed workshop and training facilities dedicated to Heritage Engineering mechanical, coachbuilding and trim apprenticeships.
Our mission: To ensure that the world’s automotive engineering heritage is maintained and the skills to maintain it are preserved for future generations of engineers and enthusiasts.
The ‘Heritage Engineering Technician (HET) Apprenticeship’ Standard replaces the ‘Classic vehicle Restoration’ Framework.
It has been designed by the UK’s leading employers and was approved for delivery in August 2018. Its purpose, to preserve the skills and knowledge which were fading away over the past 30 years and replace modern qualifications which lacked the depth and breadth required to teach the traditional skills and knowledge required by the heritage industry.
The ‘Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship Standard’ applies to the following engineering routes:
Each Route consists of:
Find more about the Standard on IFA Website.
Successful applicants are trained at the Heritage Skills Academy’s prestigious base at’ Bicester Heritage’.
‘Bicester Heritage’ offers apprentices the opportunity to be taught in one of the world’s finest centres of automotive excellence.
“Heritage Skills Academy has established its reputation as a ‘world-class’ leader in the training of Heritage Engineers. After 20 years without a dedicated Apprenticeship Programme, HSA’s Apprentices will become the next generation of leaders within this dynamic, challenging and exciting industry.
Turning over in excess of £6 billion per year, the classic vehicle industry combines cutting edge technology and traditional engineering skills, technical and leadership opportunities and international job prospects.”
(John Pitchforth, CEO at Heritage Skills Academy - 04/2020)
To apply for a ‘Heritage Engineering Apprenticeship’ delivered by the Heritage Skills Academy, complete the ‘on-line application form’.
This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to coach-building & trim ranging from vintage to Modern classics.
This apprenticeship teaches the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours relating to vehicle mechanical systems ranging from vintage to Modern classics.