Heritage Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (Mechanical – Classic Vehicle restoration) JONATHAN WOOD VINTAGE & THOROUGHBRED RESTORATIONS LT

This company is seeking a highly motivated individual to join them. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside a highly skilled team with a wealth of experience on some of the finest vintage and veteran cars in the world and will be involved in servicing, preservation and complete restoration on a broad range of vehicles.

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Closing date: 01 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £5.28/hour - Applicant’s age, experience and qualifications vary; therefore, the starting salary may vary based on these factors.

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm If under 18: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:45 pm

    Total hours per week: 43.75

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

This apprenticeship combines old-school engineering with cutting-edge technology.

  • You will assist with the preservation, maintenance, restoration and service of veteran and vintage vehicles
  • You will be taught about the history and development of vehicles, components and materials, servicing, tuning, transmissions and drivetrains, chassis, suspension, steering, braking and electrics 
  • The apprenticeship also includes technical drawing, welding, business studies and advanced diagnostics

As you may be required to move cars around, candidates are required to hold a full UK driving licence.

The training you will be getting

Qualification: The ‘HET (Heritage Engineering Technician) Level 3 Apprenticeship’ is a nationally recognised qualification delivered by ‘HSA’ from its Mechanical Academy based at ‘Bicester Heritage’ in Oxfordshire. Delivered over 36-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.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

On completion of the Programme, you will be qualified as a Heritage Engineering Technician. Employment with Jonathan Wood Vintage and Thoroughbred Restorations Ltd after completion of the apprenticeship is not guaranteed but very 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. 

Previous classic vehicle work experience is useful but not essential.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade Grades 4 to 9 (A-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. We are also looking for applications from university graduates looking to apply their degree to ‘old school’ engineering challenges and develop a career in this exciting and dynamic industry. Applicants must hold a valid driving license.

About the employer

Jonathan Wood Ltd specialise in the restoration and maintenance of vintage and veteran cars. Renowned for their thoroughness and highly detailed work they believe in restoring rather than renewing and whenever possible conserve rather than restore. The team is highly skilled and passionate about delivering the finest levels of workmanship. They are particularly well know for their work with Silver Ghosts, but equally enjoy working on many other fine examples of historic motor vehicles.







CB10 2QN

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Janice Pitchforth


07973 844025

Apprenticeship standard

Heritage engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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