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The Association of Heritage Engineers hopes to introduce a new scheme of educational courses as part of what it calls an ‘accredited training framework’, to help preserve the many specialisms that keep classic and vintage machinery on the roads.
It would, the AoHE says, not only boost the future of the heritage movement but the income of participating businesses, specialists and craftspeople, too, as well as, crucially, introducing the industry to the next generation.
Students will be awarded an AoHE-accredited qualification on completion of a course, as part of the Heritage Skills Academy, and certified externally.
Successful applicants will be provided with the course criteria and fee structure, according to the AoHE.
It isn’t exclusive to companies, either, all specialists are invited to apply. “Skilled people can create their own bespoke courses, which could be a single specialist subject such as carburettors, or could be an intensive course perhaps introducing people as a foundation to a wider range of heritage skills,” the AoHE explains.
Each course is expected to be either a day or a week long, and it is hoped this will inspire attendees to take up apprenticeships or higher education courses.