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UK To Get Nationally Accredited Qualification in Historic Vehicle Restoration
PUBLISHED: 29/11/2013 | UPDATED:21/02/2014 13:03:40

Research commissioned by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC), the organisation that lobbies for the rights of historic vehicle enthusiasts to use their vehicles on the highway, has shown that the historic vehicle restoration industry will need an injection of 7000 skilled craftsmen over the next five years and yet there is no nationally recognised apprenticeship in vehicle restoration.

Over the last twelve months the Federation has been working with a consortium of partners in the industry and from academia, to establish a modern apprenticeship framework for the UK in historic vehicle restoration. Together with IMI Awards, FBHVC are developing a curriculum and will be making a submission to OFQUAL for accreditation, aiming to have qualifications and an apprenticeship framework available to colleges from September 2014.

Getting to this position has been a long and complex task and the Federation pays tribute especially to a group of founding partners without whose backing to kick-start this process none of this would have been possible. From the restoration industry itself, they are McGrath Maserati and Bicester Heritage, and from the ranks of vehicle clubs, MG Car Club. These founding partners had the vision to share the Federation's ambition and recognised the vital importance for our vehicle heritage that we train the next generation of craftsmen and women.

There is still much work to be done to realise the dream and the burden of this will fall on Karl Carter, the Federation's newest appointment. Karl has vast industrial experience in establishing modern apprenticeships in an engineering environment and will lead the project as FBHVC trade and skills director.

For further information contact Geoff Lancaster, FBHVC communications director, on 07860 562659.