Apprenticeships

Project Shop takes the training and advancement of young people really seriously. Everyone of our staff has been through either a Mechanical or Engineering apprenticeship scheme. Simply put, without them, we would not be doing what we love.  

How to apply

We aim to support an apprenticeship place in every academic year. We strive to build the business, so that as someone graduates after their 3 year course they have a full time position within the company.

We work with Heritage Skills Academy. Their block release program run from Bicester Heritage and Brooklands is first class. If you are interested in an apprenticeship then you need to apply to them directly. You will go through an online, academic and interview process.

Commitment

A Classic Car Engineering Apprenticeship is a 3 year commitment to your education and a 5 year commitment to the business employing you. At the end of this you will be a well rounded Classic Car Mechanic/Trimmer or Fabricator. If you are a successful applicant we will commit to your education and personal advancement, but you must be ready to commit to our business.

In any year we will have a place for the Trim and Mechanical course, but we, like most other classic businesses, get between 10 and 20 applicants a year. You need to be motivated, interested and proactive to get a position.

Over and above applying for the course you must be able to demonstrate that you are worthy of a place. Here are our top tips for showing us (or any other prospective employer) that you mean business.

  • Apply for a weekend or full time job (if you have finished your education for now) in a motor trade related business such as Halfords, local motor factors or push bike shop. Anything mechanically related, even if it is more sales based. The experience you will gain will be invaluable, it will show that you are prepared to stand on your own two feet and it will give you some money you have earnt for yourself.
  • Start building up a small collection of hand tools, ask family for presentsor earn some money from a weekend job to pay for them. You don’t have to spend thousands. If you look around on eBay you can buy most things second hand. A selection of 1/4 drive and 3/8 drive sockets, spanners, screwdriver set, plier set,
  • Read up on the history of cars by buying Motorsport Magazine or books. Know the different marques and an outline of the history of the motor car so when you walk into a business you can say something intelligent about the cars they are working on.
  • Buy books on restoring/repairing mechanical objects.
  • Start subscribing to related youtube channels and treat videos as an opportunity to learn.
  • You might not have the space or money for a complete car, but that does not mean that you can’t restore things at home cheaply. Get a knackered bike off ebay, strip it, rub down and paint the frame, rebuild the bearings/brakes etc. Photograph the process on your phone and start making it into a slide deck with writing to explain the process, see if you can sell it at the end so you have some money for the next project.
  • There are loads of different skills in car restoration so look at projects you could do round the house, can you make a set of cushions for your folks sofa? If so, you can start the skills required for car upholstery.
  • You can buy kits to make your own computer/alarm clock etc, or buy a cheap laptop off ebay and upgrade the ram/hard drive etc. Again document it with pictures and words on a slide deck you can email with your CV.
  • Soldering is a great thing to learn. You can buy a great iron for about 60 quid, lengths of wire etc online.

Push yourself

Document as much of the above as you can. Make up a slide deck to go with your CV, so when you send in an email we can see what you have been doing apart from school and sports.

Above all, push yourself forward and start taking responsibility for your own education and advancement. The more skills you can learn, the more useful you are to an employer and therefore the better your career will advance.

What Our Customers Say

Project Shop rebuilt my Triumph TR6 chassis and body, which was an extensive job as it was a wreck. Several other workshops had looked at it and declined to take it on, but Simeon and his crew took a different viewpoint. I now have a car body and chassis, that although are 49-years old, the whole thing looks brand new. The attention to detail, and the efficiency with which the work was carried out, was outstanding. Highly recommended!

JULIAN SMITH

I took my brand new replica vintage car in to the Classis Project Shop for a tune of its carburetors as it wasn't running as well as it should. I was aware of some other niggling problems but took very little heed of them. A very detailed examination of the car was clearly carried out and there were a number of issues discovered. Some I was aware of and others I wasn't. What I got back was a car that was no longer 85% right - it was 100%. This gave me a huge amount of confidence in the reliability and safety of the car going forward. This company is extremely professional, with experienced and courteous staff and represents excellent value. I would certainly very highly recommend them.

EDDY SMYTHE

I can’t recommend Project Shop highly enough and have used them multiple times in the past 4 years. Highly experienced classic car mechanics/engineers with a can do approach and encyclopaedic knowledge of how to repair/fix any problem – this is so critically important, is virtually impossible to find these days and saves time and most importantly money. Very reasonable hourly rates when you consider what you are getting and they seem to actually care about the car a great deal. All aspects of a project are discussed in detail before any actual work/repairs are commenced and the customer is kept regularly informed, the communication really is excellent. You are invited to visit and inspect the vehicle for yourself if an when an issue crops up and are made to feel most welcome not to mention the invaluable advice given on how to best maintain your vehicle moving forward. Without doubt one of the best classic car specialists in the country.

RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN

Owning a classic car is a combination of excitement, joy, pride and, mostly, frustration. The team at CPS share the first three and help to take the sting out of the fourth. Simeon is always available with good advice, sympathy and a willingness to go the extra mile to keep a car at it's best. His team look after the vehicle as of it is there own, and no detail is too minor.

A professional and detail orientated team, with extensive knowledge and experience, and a pleasure with which to deal.

MARK BEER OBE

A real delight to find people who love their cars. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the past and present issues surrounding the motor vehicle. A welcome change from the motor dealerships that don't care much about "old" only value "new" and think that they part of a car service industry whilst their only concerns are profits and sales targets.
From my own experience, Simeon and his team are a pleasure to deal with, since I was introduced to the Classic Project Shop my "Aston" has never run so well

T&T CORNWELL

Driving Puff yesterday was amazing - she felt like a new car again. Thanks to all the guys who have worked so hard to make this dream of mine a reality. And Puff thanks you too!

BRON BURRELL

Did a fantastic job on my Goddess, running like a dream! Really enthusiastic bunch of people who know their stuff. The commitment and customer service is second to none and they will always be my first port of call from now on. Thank you.

STEVE DILWORTH

Kind, reliable and so helpful. I had purchased my first T25 camper and they checked it over thoroughly, explaining everything to be done. Simeon was attentive and never made me feel out of place or awkward. Answered all questions and found the best solutions. Personal and caring service and excellent work, even helping me by phone when I was stuck in France with an oil leak! Superb people. Cannot praise their professionalism enough.

CATHERINE HART

A great bunch of dedicated people who have a passion for cars.

JAMES MCLERNON

Had a good look around whilst on a breakfast meeting and was very impressed. Well done.

TERRY GILBERT

Great bunch of lads and only too happy to help and offer advice.

GARETH KERRY

I’ve not, in 52 years of motoring, had better service. Collection and delivery of my car, swift diagnosis and cure with excellent value for money. A group of very personable people who share my enthusiasm for motoring, I’ll use them again without a second thought. Thank you, Guys, I’ll be back!

FAB BIKER

The quality of the work and the people. Update! Been back again and just as happy. The team is talented and professional. They can have my Classic Mini next. 100% Recommended.

ANDY FOSTER

Driving Puff yesterday was amazing - she felt like a new car again. Thanks to all the guys who have worked so hard to make this dream of mine a reality. And Puff thanks you too!

BRON BURRELL

Outstanding work carried out here, highly recommend.

PAT FOSTER

Virtually replaced evety section of the inner bodywork of my Triumph TR6, and parts of the chassis. Didn't muck about, but just got on with it and did a great job. I will always go back there - every time. No question.

JULIAN SMITH

Good honest old fashioned values. Highly recommended.

TIM EARNSHAW

Fantastic bunch of guys, very knowledgeable and professional.

PHIL DAVIES