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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.”

Fuzz Townshend at the Restoration and Classic Car Show 2015

Interviewed on Live Stage at the Practical Classics Restoration Show (28-29 March)
Brand Ambassador for engineering and decontamination services firm, Enviro-Strip
Spokesperson for ‘Classic Aware’, the new classic car movement    

 

British TV presenter Fuzz Townshend was the voice of choice for businesses, campaigns, clubs and the classic car industry when he spent last weekend at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show.

Appointments with the public included several interactive interviews on the ‘Ask The Experts’ stage involving the audience, joining a panel of the most popular British TV presenters in the game show “Would I Lie To You”, being a guest on the TSSC stand (as Fuzz is the Club’s honorary President) and spending time on Enviro-Strip’s stand, signing autographs and explaining the environmentally-aware stripping processes that Enviro-Strip uses, to classic car owners looking to book their vehicles for that very important first stage of restoration.

Fuzz is also a passionate supporter of “Classic Aware”, a new campaign promoting the importance of having one’s classic vehicle properly checked: in the light of forthcoming new legislation potentially scrapping MoT requirements for classic vehicles older than thirty years, Fuzz’s relentless efforts to sensitise owners to take proper care of their classic inspired much of the public-facing activities carried out by the CAR SOS star at the Restoration Show.

The third series of the hit TV show Car SOS, co-presented by Fuzz since its inception and recently launched to the media globally, starts on the National Geographic Channel next week, April 9, at 8.00pm.

Car SOS series: www.channel4.com/programmes/car-sos and natgeotv.com/uk/car-sos/about

Fuzz Townshend’s website: www.fuzztownshend.com

Classic Aware website: www.classicaware.com

Richard Townshend, renamed ‘Fuzz’ in junior school because of his Afro hair, has been fond of old motor cars (and buses!), as well as music, since his childhood. He served a full diesel motor vehicle engineer apprenticeship and worked at a bus garage on Daimler and Leyland buses. From staff writer to Technical Editor at Practical Classics, and currently the owner of a classic car restoration business, Westgate Classics, Fuzz Townshend’s effort to diversify and grow resulted in a successful screen test for a new National Geographical Channel show, ‘Car SOS’. The production company also selected the workshop as the main location for the series, and the place where restoration projects are carried out.

Fuzz’s latest venture, Classic Friendly Ltd, (www.classicfriendly.co.uk) is a network of classic-friendly garages which give classic cars the once-over in the post ‘no-MOT’ era, as well as standardised servicing. He also continues his career as a mean drummer, having played with such luminaries as The Wonder Stuff, The Beat, Pop Will Eat Itself, EMF, Bentley Rhythm Ace.

His solo music has been used in Sex and the City, Malcolm in the Middle, Jackass, Charmed, Spaced, National Lampoon’s and many more.

 

Classic Aware is a brand new campaign (launched this month) which intends to encourage classic vehicle owners not to rely solely on home-checks, but substitute the no-longer compulsory MoT with appropriate safety inspections by independent specialists. The campaign’s mission statement is: Prove it. The movement (inspired and encouraged by Fuzz) has the support of individuals, clubs, insurance companies and media. www.classicaware.com

 

Enviro-Strip is a British company based in Staffordshire which specialises in environmentally-friendly industrial paint stripping and decontamination services for the automotive, manufacturing and process industries. They also provide metal finishing, stillage/pallet repair and refurbishment, engineering and calibration services. www.envirostripukltd.com