Heritage Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Classic Vehicle Coachbuilding) AH Panels Ltd

AH Panels have vacancies for two Coachbuilding Apprentices. The successful applicants will work alongside a team of Master Coachbuilders learning all aspects of panel making, welding and fabrication. Combining the latest technology and equipment with traditional metal working practices they have established a world-class reputation for quality.

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Closing date: 15 Apr 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Applicant’s age, experience and qualifications vary. Therefore, the starting salary may vary based on these factors.

  • Working week

    Monday – Friday, between 8.00am – 4.30pm.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 May 2023

  • Date posted

    07 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

This apprenticeship combines traditional coachbuilding with the use of cutting-edge technology.

Apprentices will be taught about the history and development of and carry out duties regarding:

  • Materials and vehicle construction
  • Tool making
  • Technical drawing and pattern development
  • Welding
  • Fabrication including bending, folding, shrinking and stretching
  • Wheeling
  • Making bucks
  • Removal and replacement of components

The successful applicant will work with master coachbuilders, creating unique components for iconic vehicles.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The Heritage Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification delivered by HSA from its Coachbuilding Academy based at Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

Delivered over 42 months on a block release basis, you will attend your academy on average every 5 weeks for a 5-day block of training running from Monday to Friday, the remaining 80% of the time you will be working with your employer. If required, your employer will cover the accommodation and travel costs.

Apprentices will need to achieve level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. 

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

On completion of the programme, you will be qualified as a Heritage Engineering Technician. Employment with AH Panels Ltd after completion of the apprenticeship is not guaranteed, but highly likely, subject to performance and a position being available.

The classic vehicle industry is thriving and the companies that HSA work with are world-class.  Prospects for progression range from specialist technical roles to management positions and international work opportunities. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade GCSE Grades 4 to 9 (A* to C)) Essential

Things to consider

There is a high expectation that successful candidates will work hard, be conscientious and represent the company well on all occasions. Appearance, attitude, timekeeping, and personal presentation will all be considered throughout the interview process.

About the employer

Founded in 2003, A H Panels focused solely on producing precise reproduction body panels for the Austin Healey marque. Two decades later, they supply an international customer base and manufacture interior & exterior body panels for all ranges of classic and historic cars. By combining the latest technology and equipment with traditional metal working practices, they now fabricate practically any panel or bespoke chassis component to the highest standard of quality.


AH Panels Ltd


Curriers Close

Charter Avenue Industrial Estate



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Training provider



Janice Pitchforth



Apprenticeship standard

Heritage engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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