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my name is Alex Mcconnell im 16 years old and will be leaving school soon, i love hotrods, customs and classics. my dream is to work on and drive hotrods, i am currently looking for a hillman imp for my first car (if anyone knows if ones for sale that would be amazing), mylove for cars was passed down from my dad, taking me to santa pod for the first time when i was eight! i am looking for an apprenticeship in any hotrod or classic restoration shop within essex if anyone can help that would be brilliant
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I remember years ago there was a well known training centre in Colchester that used to specialise in classic car restoration,
someone might remember the place and know if its still going, good luck anyway:tup:
 

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You know what you want to do at 16 so you`re streets ahead of most.
When you get an appreticship, make the tea and be polite and attentive, stick with any smart unassuming blokes and stay away from the loud mouths that are full of storys. Good luck mate.
 

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If you want an apprenticeship just as a mechanic or doing vehicle body repair look at apprenticeship.org and register there, then go round all the local garages to you with a CV and pics of what you have done so far dress smart and its worth rin ging the local colleges they get sent apprenticship jobs ask for the work based learning manager or the employer engagement manager or work force development, Havering college do full time mech courses and vehicle body repair courses the body repair lads do get placements (if they are any good) the ultimate place would be PA Wood in Dunmow they are a Rolls Royce restorer and do all the traditional methods as well as upto date.
Last bit dont get downhearted just keep going dont send your CV in the post you need to get round to the garages in person CVs get binned.
Good Luck
 

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Hi Alex,its probably best that you look at smaller outfits,rather than main dealers and just get in at the mucky end.My son looked around but couldnt get a place in a big garage.In the end I took him on and got him signed in on day release .The college was very helpful and i recieved a £1500 grant for taking an apprentice-something you could point out to a prospective employer.Be prepared to work hard,earn little ,get cold and dirty-you will soon know if its for you.On my sons course,there are 9 of them,and all work for small outfits.
Good luck -keep pushing doors,one will open.
 

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Alex, I take my hat off to you already, you are showing initiative just by posting on here. There is some good advice above so keep at it, link up with your local college and I'm sure you'll find something.

When you are selling anything, in this case yourself, it's a numbers game. the more doors you knock the higher the chance of finding something.
 

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Another college plug as my company dont employ a great deal of apprentices but approached the local college about a year or so back and employed two young lads, ok they may be electricians but showing a possible route to employment, good luck its tough out there, i was lucky when i was 16 and got into an apprenticeship quite easily.

Shame it wasn't several years back as i might have employed a youngster when my fulltime work was hotrod/racecar building.
 

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I had an apprentice(hard landscaping) who didnt work out as he didnt like getting dirty!!!! but the government paid him about £60 a week and sent him to college once a week...if you can sort that out a garage has nothing to loose taking you on...good luck!!!!!
p.s send the cv's but also visit them in person
 

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I would find local small repair / restoration garages, do a bit of research into what they specialise in and then go in and sell yourself with your enthusiasm and bit of knowledge about what they do

There are loads of small operations doing restorations dotted around ,even if its VW's or MG's just got to find them and convince them you would be a usefull assett to them

I am afraid most people get on with WHO you know over what you know

Where abouts in Essex are you ?
 

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Hi Alex, some good advice on here already but you could also try the National Apprenticeship Service website as they are what they say on the tin. Also, you should be able to get some advice and support in applying through your local information and advice service - just had a quick look and this seems to be the link iEssex: Inspiring Futures
As others have said, also try your local colleges but you'll need to be prepared to walk the streets and rock up at employers to 'sell yourself' as colleges only tend to have a limited number of employers on their books.
Hopefully some of the guys who know your area better than I do can point you in the direction of garages which may fit the bill but i'd be prepared to get your basic training anywhere you can and perhaps think about moving towards the hot rod/custom area as you progress. If you can approach the rod shops already having a set of skills and some qualifications you may stand a better chance even though the wait will be frustrating but just look at it as part of the journey - am sure you'll get there.
Best of luck with it buddy........
 

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Just a thought. If you write a CV. That is your education, aspirations and what you are aiming for, put it up on this thread I am sure there would be plenty of helpful suggestions from the guys. Dont be put off from just writing what you feel and dont be offended by the advice you are given on here. With so many people on here Im sure we could all help in some way. This way you could gain an advantage over others on the same mission as you.
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