The National Traction Engine Trust

TRADE AND SKILLS
Tony Davies

Now that 2012 is upon us I would like to wish you all a happy New Year and busy and enjoyable times with your classics.

You may recall from my piece in the last Newsletter that I will be launching our more specific web-based trade and skills survey in April. The key objectives of this survey are to establish the personal opinions of historic vehicle enthusiasts on the availability, or otherwise, of relevant restoration skills.

From the analysis of our earlier survey one of the very early lessons learnt was that clubs per se do not undertake much restoration work. Hence it is important to solicit the opinions of club members as individuals.

The 2012 questionnaire for individuals will be slightly shorter and less complex than the initial version and will take about 10 minutes complete. Nevertheless, I plan to build in a ‘save’ facility to enable it to be completed in more than one visit if a break for dinner etc. is called for.

April 2012 is the target date for going live with this web-based questionnaire and I encourage all members of our clubs to respond as individuals. Understandably individual members will have much more experience of vehicle restorations than our clubs, so please point your members to the trade and skills section of the FBHVC website and ask them to complete the questionnaire between April and August. The URL and password to enable your club members to access the questionnaire will be printed in the next newsletter.

You may also recall that earlier this year I proposed that a series of one-to-one interviews with some of our trade professionals should be undertaken. The hard-copy questionnaire for this survey will be similar to the web-based version but slanted towards the professional practitioners. This exercise too will be launched in 2012 with around 50 of our trade supporters contacted to enable us to understand the trade’s viewpoints on the same subject of skills availability.

09 Feb 2012