All of us who served an apprenticeship as part of our route to a trade understand just how important the process is. Working while one studies and learning with people who are already doing the job – hopefully at a very high level – this workplace learning is real time and allows apprentices to see the results of their labours.
All apprenticeships include an element of classroom time, to develop theoretical understanding. It is holistic education, aimed at building rounded tradespeople who understand the intricacies of their field, can work effectively alongside more experienced exponents and who also appreciate the benefits of continuous learning throughout their careers.
Our business has supported many apprenticeships over the years and several ‘finished’ apprentices are still with us, while others who have moved in to other forms of motorsport return to join our Safari Rally team once every couple of years. We keep in touch with as many as possible and enjoy watching them progress.
Cain Bromwich (below) is a great example of the next generation of apprentices. Currently with us on work experience, Cain has been spending time in the motorsport workshop on race car prep with Gary and is now in the engine shop, where he is shadowing Anthony on a 3-litre engine strip and rebuild.
Sixteen year-old Cain studies at Warwick Trident College in Leamington and is a devoted petrolhead. Passionate about air-cooled classics, Cain owns a 1956 oval-window Beetle that sits in the garage along his dad’s 66 Mini and ’65 split-screen VW camper. A love of classic cars that will not run without continuous mechanical upkeep demonstrates commitment that we see in many apprentices: helping to develop that passion into skills that can earn a living over a lifetime is a real delight for us.
Warwick Trident is well worth a visit for any young people considering a career in motorsport. Working in partnership with internationally-renowned companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce, Trident delivers courses in engineering and motorsport up to degree level. It has a first class laboratory and practical engineering workshops, advanced machining centre and robotic facilities, comprehensive vehicle engineering facilities fitted with the latest industry test equipment including a rolling road and a litany of diagnostic equipment including 4-wheel alignment systems, brake and suspension testers, management systems analysers and 450hp chassis dynos. We also support students from Banbury and Bicester College and Silverstone UTC, both of which are relatively local.
How to apply and which apprenticeships are available to you usually depend on where you live. Are you interested in learning more about apprenticeships? Check out the government apprenticeship website to learn more and see what courses are available. More information is available on the UCAS apprenticeships website.