Together with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, McGrath Maserati has recently joined an initiative to recognise a new qualification for students in vehicle restoration in the UK.

Together with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, McGrath Maserati has recently joined an initiative to recognise a new qualification for students in vehicle restoration in the UK. As a graduate of the first such course at Colchester Institute back in the 1980s, McGrath MD Andy Heywood recognised the need for training a new generation in the various aspects of vehicle restoration, distinctly different disciplines to the modern motor trade. The original course is long since defunct and the work done at Colchester has continued only at Leeds college in recent years.

Michael Coman, course tutor at Leeds, approached McGrath Maserati to support the initiative and in turn, Andy Heywood introduced the FBHVC to the project. With the backing of the Federation and the concurrent launch at the recent NEC Classic Car Show of their ‘Restorer of the Year’ award, we are hopeful that the new qualification will be launched for a September 2014 intake of students.

‘Research by the Federation has established that without this kind of initiative, there will be a huge skills shortage within the next decade’ says Andy Heywood. ‘We are already finding it difficult to recruit restorers who understand older technologies and teaching these traditional crafts to a new generation will be fundamental to the survival of the whole classic car industry’.