Apprentices Encouraged


Ultima Skills Training has generated interest in classic car restoration from younger communities extending its UST Motor Engineering workshop to young talent from the Greater Manchester borough.

Statistics show 43% of skilled staff in the classic car restoration industry are aged 45+ the consequences of which would be seen within the next 20 years.

Tim Davies, Directorn of Ultima Skills Training says; “One thing I noticed after going to classic car shows across the country, was the lack of young people sharing an interest in classic car restoration projects. Cars and their Heritage is important for Britain and is something I wanted to bring to light amongst young people in the area.”

Tim Davies goes on to say:” The apprentices working at UST Motor Engineering are each working towards a level 2 Diploma in Motor Mechanics, an industry recognised qualification which can see them through to both mechanical work and restoration work in the future.

Apprentice Thomas Parsonage, 19, said:“I always had an interest in cars but I never really looked into classic cars until I started working here at UST Motor Engineering. I started volunteering here about a month ago and was taken on as an apprentice shortly after. Gradually, I’m becoming more interested in classic car restoration as my skills are broadening.”

Keith Davies, UST Motor Engineering Workshop Manager concluded:”In the workshop, we make sure our lads are working hands on with classic cars as opposed to hands on in industry diagnostics.”

Though there’s a clear lack of young people gaining knowledge and skill in the restoration of classic cars, rest assure that here in Manchester, UST Motor Engineering has three motivated apprentices gaining specialist knowledge in the classic car restoration industry.

Posted on: February 4, 2015, by :