The National Traction Engine Trust

TRADE AND SKILLS Tony Davies

THE NEW DAVY AWARD FOR YOUNG CRAFTSMAN OF THE YEAR – NOW LAUNCHED

I am pleased to announce that this new annual award for apprentices and trainees, as mentioned in the last edition of this Newsletter, is now open for nominations. FBHVC and the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Harness Makers (WCC), a London Livery company, have joined forces to recognise and reward an apprentice or trainee of outstanding ability. As a trade supporter, do you have an outstanding apprentice or trainee who deserves recognition? Yes? Then please consider nominating them. Candidates for the annual award must be:

• Craft/technician apprentices/trainees engaged in the automotive industry, involved in the repair and restoration of historic vehicles and employed by an FBHVC Trade Supporter.

• Aged between 18-25 years old.

• Outstanding individuals demonstrating excellent skills, dedication and potential for future development in the industry.

• Employed in a Very Small to Medium Enterprise (VSME) with less than 15 employees. Ideally, the candidate will be attending some form of formal further education e.g. day release at local technical college.

The candidate will be required to:

• Produce a significant piece of work which clearly demonstrates one or more craft skills to a very high level. The project will be displayed before the judging panel.

• Produce a portfolio to support the project.

• The time scale, from initial discussions between candidate and employer to making a presentation to the judges, is nominally 12 months.

• Short-listed candidates will be asked to present their work and portfolio to the joint FBHVC/WCC judging panel.

A generous financial award will be made to the winning apprentice/trainee and, at the discretion of the judging panel, a further significant financial award may be made to a runner-up. The winner will receive his or her award from the Master of the Coach Makers Livery, together with a plaque, at the annual WCC Automotive Dinner held at one of the London Livery Halls. These are quite grand occasions and will be a memorable experience for the recipient.

The outline time scale for the inaugural award is:

• Nominations from trade supporters to FBHVC Secretary by September 2013

• September 2014 – a short-list of candidates will be selected by WCC and FBHVC.

• October 2014 – Short-listed candidates will be invited to display and present their project to the judging panel with the winner (and runner up as decided) announced on the day.

• February 2015 – Presentation of the winning award in London.

To promote the FBHVC and WCC’s commitment to skills preservation in the historic vehicle sector, this new award will be announced at the Classic Car Show, NEC in November 2013. This coincides with a 25th anniversary display by FBHVC.

Please note that trade supporters will be contacted individually by FBHVC with further information on this exciting new award and we look forward very much to receiving your nominations.

21 Jun 2013