P & A Wood‘s ‘Classic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship Scheme’ offers apprentices the opportunity to work with world class craftsmen on some of the world‘s finest and most famous motor cars. Successful applicants will train for a minimum of three years at our premises in Great Easton where in this carefully created environment, we work exclusively with Rolls- Royce and Bentley motor cars.

This prestigious scheme is designed to share the specialist skills required to restore and maintain all pre-war, post-war and modern Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars and ensure that these skills continue to thrive within our company. Apprentices will learn about all aspects of our unique business covering mechanical maintenance, servicing, coachwork and restoration, working towards Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Classic Vehicle Restoration.

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The Programme

Our Classic Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship is delivered in partnership with North London Garages (NLG) Automotive Academy at Level 2 (24 months) and Level 3 (a further 12 months), with an optional bespoke 4th year programme for selected apprentices. Students gain experience in each department, working alongside our skilled craftsmen on pre-war, post-war and modern motor cars.

Due to the specialist nature of the work undertaken, apprentices will also attend 'master classes' which will be delivered by our own experts. As apprentices gain confidence and experience, the tasks performed will increase in responsibility on the journey towards becoming a master craftsman. The apprentices will then begin to specialise according to their talents and the requirements of the company.

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Combining Skills

A modern version of the traditional 'Indentured Apprenticeship' used in the early days of Rolls-Royce, the programme combines classroom-based learning with practical skills relevant to pre-war, post-war and modern motor cars. Apprentices will attend P & A Wood's own in-house classroom where they will be taught the engineering principles and theory behind each system and process.

They will gain practical experience of working on components and vehicles, and participate in events and enrichment activities throughout the programme, each training day consisting of a theory session supported by a practical session. Where appropriate, training will be supplemented by specialist demonstrations by a skilled member of the P & A Wood team.

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Sharing Our Values

Throughout the programme, apprentices will participate in special projects, assist with the renovation of units and represent P & A Wood at events and competitions. Skill areas include engine, chassis, electrical, transmission and drivelines, paint and preparation, panelling and fabrication, trim, fitting and accident repair; events include the Goodwood Revival and the Classic Car Show at Birmingham‘s NEC.

Apprentices will be immersed in the values of P & A Wood and be expected to build unsurpassed knowledge in Rolls-Royce and Bentley and develop trusted relationships with our customers, becoming skilled craftsmen that live by our motto of 'attention to detail'. Note that completing the apprenticeship does not guarantee a permanent position.

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What Is The Recruitment Process?

Interested applicants need to complete our online application form. Suitable applicants will be asked to attend an interview and trials before we select those that have been successful. Recruitment will be carried out in conjunction with North London Garages (NLG) with whom we have developed the apprenticeship scheme. NLG will advertise vacancies, shortlist applicants, carry out initial assessments and assist with interviews.

How Long Does The Scheme Last?

The P & A Wood apprenticeship will be delivered at level 2 over 24 months and level 3 over a further 12 months with an optional bespoke fourth year programme for selected apprentices.

Is The P & A College An Official College?

Yes, the college course is being delivered in partnership with North London Garages (NLG) Automotive Academy by qualified tutors, delivering nationally recognised qualifications. NLG are inspected by OFSTED and were awarded Grade 2 in their last OFSTED Report in 2013.

Do Previous Qualifications Count Towards My Apprenticeship?

Yes, previously achieved qualifications will be considered where appropriate.

Can I Choose My Specialist Area?

You can indicate your preference but during the first two years of your apprenticeship you will be required to spend time in each department. Your final choice of specialism will be made based on your talents, preference and the requirements of the business. Your commitment, attitude and enthusiasm will heavily influence your final offer.

How Can I Move Up The Pay Grades?

Increases will apply at the beginning of each year of your apprenticeship. In addition, your performance will be assessed regularly and if your progress and commitment stand out you will become eligible for an hourly rate increase every six months.

What Will I Earn?

P & A Wood offer a competitive starting salary with developmental increases each year throughout the apprenticeship programme. In addition, P & A Wood will apply additional hourly increases to reflect performance, commitment and initiative.

What Qualifications And Skills Do I Need?

P & A Wood set no minimum entry requirements however predicted grade C or above in Maths, English and ICT are beneficial. We would expect to see evidence of a passion for engineering through hobbies, sport and work experience. We are also looking for an ability to work in a team, common sense, a practical aptitude, meticulous attention to detail and a passion to be the best.

Can I Go To A Different College?

No, P & A Wood's apprenticeship programme is only delivered in house.

Can I Re-Apply If I Am Not Successful?

Yes, but you are not guaranteed an interview.

What Qualifications Do I Gain?

Apprentices who complete the scheme gain Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas in Classic Vehicle Restoration. These qualifications have been developed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Awards in conjunction with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, employers, training providers and the IMI Sector Skills Council.

Am I Guaranteed A Job After The Apprenticeship?

No, your offer of a job is dependent upon the requirements of the business and your performance throughout your apprenticeship. However, those who are not offered jobs will have a CV, qualification and experience that will make them very attractive to other specialist companies.

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