Apprentice Classic Car Trimmer ALDRIDGE TRIMMING LTD

Year after year we invest in apprentice schemes and courses for our staff, experienced employees take on the role of apprentice mentor, ensuring these young trimmers strive for quality. We believe that it is essential to pass these skills on and allow the next generation of trimmers the opportunity to perfect their craft.

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Closing date: 20 Aug 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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 – Thursday: 8:00 am – 16:30 pm Friday: 8:00 am – 16:00 pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    10 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    23 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Learning variations in classic car

  • Learning the working environment


  • Getting to know staff members


  • Being introduced to air tools


  • Learning knife and scissors skills

  • Foaming panels


  • Turning panels


  • Checking leather


  • Production of classic car trims while being overseen

  • Working independently on classic car trim that is being shipped all over the world


  • Completing trim to a high standard


  • Completing full interior trim kits


  • Gathering notes

  • Moving on to more challenging work


  • Completing order on time to a high standard


  • Picking orders and keeping up with lead times

The training you will be getting

  • Mentor on site 
  • Regular Assessor vistis 
  • One day a week at Telford College
  • Lean manufacturing operative
    Level 2 (GCSE)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Possible full-time employment


  • Profit share in employee-owned business


  • Learning a traditional trade of trimming


  • Working with high-end classic cars

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Time management, Keen eye for detail


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Essential

Things to consider

• Hardwork • Knowledge-intensive • Keen eye for details • High quality demands • Small 20-person team • Employee-owned business • Unique skill set • Traditions skills • Standing for 8 hours a day

About the employer

Aldridge Trimming is a family-run business that has been trimming classic cars since 1931. Over the years the business has expanded and evolved. We have gained a worldwide reputation for high-quality British craftsmanship, supplying the major Jaguar, Ford and Triumph restoration companies around the world. The company was started in a shed in 1931 by Don Newcombe, he provided a general trimming service for cars and coaches. In the Eighties, it was taken over by his grandson, Simon Aldridge, who had helped his grandfather since 1963 during his time at school. Simon's mother managed the sewing department for many years, while Nick, Simon's brother, still manages the production of soft-top hoods, tonneaus and envelopes. Aldridge has always catered for classic cars but moved into the mail-order market in 1980 after Simon purchased a Jaguar E-type and needed parts for it. It was when Simon started making new trim for his car that he realised there was a big market for replacement interiors that customers could order via phone or internet, and be shipped straight to their door.








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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




Apprenticeship standard

Lean manufacturing operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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