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Who is eligible to be an apprentice?

Anyone over the age of 16 is entitled to apply for an apprenticeship.

There is no upper age limit, therefore experienced applicants without qualifications can apply and gain a qualification along with applicants of any age wishing to make a career change.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

Heritage Engineering Apprenticeships are a springboard to exciting, challenging and rewarding careers. ‘Heritage Skills Academy’ receives applications from university graduates (21+), ‘A’ Level students (18+) and GCSE applicants (16+). The magic ingredients we are looking for are passion, enthusiasm and interest. If you have this, you can change the world!

If an applicant has no qualifications, we will still accept an application and look at each case on an individual basis. For many young people ‘A’ Levels and University hold little appeal, for those that want to get into work and deal with real life challenges as well as earning a salary, apprenticeships offer an excellent opportunities. By the age of 21 an apprentice can be fully trained and highly regarded in their chosen field.

What are the Long Term Prospects for a Heritage Apprentice?

As with any career, the harder a person work the more skilled and valued they become. In the world of restoration, there is a shortage of people with the skills required to maintain, build and restore our engineering heritage. The industry is recognising this and actively encouraging apprenticeships to fill the skills and knowledge gaps that will inevitably appear if training does not take place. Enthusiastic and hardworking apprentices will develop into skilled engineers who will be highly sought after in the UK and abroad.

How is a Heritage Apprenticeship Delivered?

Apprentices are full time employed members of staff; they have a contract of employment, a minimum holi- day entitlement of 20 days (+bank holidays) and a right to time off the job for study.

The employer provides on-the-job training and pays the Apprentices’ wages. They will also attend ‘off-the- job’ training with the Heritage Skills Academy on a block release programme over three and a half years. This is delivered over nine one week blocks per year (Monday to Friday) at our Bicester Heritage Training Facili- ties.

All apprentices are supported throughout their programme by qualified Assessors and Tutors who will men- tor apprentices on any issues that may arise during their apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Sectors currently available for Heritage Engineering Technicians will include:

  • Classic Vehicle
  • Aviation
  • Marine
  • Steam


Each employer is responsible for negotiating a salary package which must as a minimum comply with current government recommendations on pay.

As a guide, the Heritage Skills Academy recommends that employers provide an offer which attracts the calibre of applicant they require and offers parents the confidence that the Heritage Industry offers a first class career with exciting prospects.

We therefore recommend the following salary structure (based on a 36-46 hour week):

£10,400 – (£5.00/hour – £200/week)

Increases following the first year should reflect progress, performance and National Minimum Wage guidelines.

FAQ's can be found here 

Apprenticeship Guide 


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