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Fuzz Townshend launches TIGOSE’s Apprenticeship Programme

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8 December 2014

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ Classic Car Restoration Apprenticeship launched by classic car world celebrity Fuzz Townshend

  • TV presenter, classic car restoration business owner and Classic Friendly founder Fuzz Townshend launches TIGOSE Programme at Emtec Colleges workshops, Nottingham
  • The first and only specialised course of its kind in the UK

The first historic and classic vehicle restoration Apprenticeship Programme in the UK – conceived by TIGOSE founder Michael Scott – was launched by TV personality Fuzz Townshend today.

A new partnership between dedicated automotive centre Emtec Colleges (part of Central College, Nottingham) and TIGOSE (The International Guild of Specialist Engineers), the Programme is structured around the IMI’s Classic Vehicle Restoration Level 2 and Level 3 Diplomas and regularly monitored by an IMI Lead External Verifier.

Motoring journalist and classic car expert Fuzz Townshend was at hand to welcome the first apprentices and visiting students on the first day of the programme. “I appreciated the opportunities offered by my own apprenticeship, gained many years ago,” said Fuzz. “As a college lecturer, journalist, hands-on restorer and founder of Classic Friendly (a network of classic car garages), I also know that apprenticeships have moved on significantly since I started out, and so has the business of car restoration. Once achieved the fundamental skills, you can focus on specific marques, or building classic race engines. I’ve worked around the world, on cars ranging from just hundreds of pounds to half a million and more, learning all the time. It’s an exciting and emotive business: people love their cars and will expect the highest level of workmanship from you, but it’s immensely rewarding if you have the skills and share that enthusiasm. A dedicated apprenticeship programme is exactly what is needed to bring new talent and young people into a thriving business.”

Fuzz also added, about The International Guild of Specialist Engineers: “TIGOSE is bringing the excellence in this sector forward, raising standards all the time. The classic car restoration business has been perceived to be a little ‘backyard’ in the past but now the specialist skills needed to bring some of these luxury and rare vehicles back to their former glory is being recognised and appreciated.”

TIGOSE, in conjunction with Emtec Colleges, has devised an extensive programme with modules covering Paint, Panel, Trim, Customer Service, Parts and Machine Shop Engineering. Vehicles Restoration Apprentices acquire specific knowledge and competencies that can be put into direct action back in their workshops upon their return from the Academy.

“Our partnership with associations such as TIGOSE, the IMI and local companies such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists shows us that there is a real need for the industry to develop young people to be tomorrow’s classic car restorers,” says Jon Rawson, Head of Emtec Colleges, whose own daughter is embarking in an automotive engineering course at the company’s Nottingham premises.

TIGOSE founder Michael Scott, whose brainchild the Apprenticeship Programme is, was delighted: “it is a real comfort to see The International Guild of Specialist Engineers’ project take off as the first of its kind in the UK. I consider our programme the Rolls-Royce of all other similar, but not as all-encompassing, initiatives. Well-known celebrity Fuzz Townshend is an inspiration for all young people with a passion for classic cars, so we were delighted to have him launch our Apprenticeship Programme today.”