Meet our latest Apprentice Neil Gordon​

Followers of Nicholas Mee & Company will hopefully know we are firm believers in apprenticeships. Before we introduce you to a short video about Neil Gordon, our latest trainee, a few words on why we are so passionate about involving younger people in our business.

Neil Gordon The Apprentice

The importance of Apprenticeships in the Classic Car Sector

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​We hardly needed convincing of the merits of taking on fresh-from-college apprentice staff, but after attending a seminar run by the Historic & Classic Vehicles Alliance (HCVA) at the Hagerty Clubhouse in Bicester recently, it’s worth repeating some of the statistics collected by the HCVA.

  • There are 1.54 million classic and historic vehicles in the UK; the average age of the driver of a historic car is 62
  • The average age of a mechanic in the industry is 57. 
  • With the sector supporting 113,000 jobs

​This means that there will be a lot of jobs to fill when these highly skilled craftsmen retire in the next 10 years or so. 

It is crucial for the future of all companies in our field (and your hobby) to bring on young talented engineers, mechanics, trimmers and metalworkers, teaching them not only the ‘old’ way but the ‘right’ way.

About our latest Apprentice

Neil joined us in 2022 and continues the tradition of apprentices working at Essendonbury Farm in conjunction with the Heritage Skills Academy at Bicester Heritage. His predecessor went on to be nominated for Apprentice of the Year at the Historic Motoring Awards in 2019.

With a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Neil certainly has the qualifications on paper for the job. His task now is to learn the trade hands-on from our skilled technicians. He is a great addition to our team, and we know you will enjoy meeting him.

In the meantime, do watch this film and you’ll learn a little more about a young man who has such a great future in our industry, who so enjoys working on these “special cars”.

Watch the video

Neil Gordon The Apprentice
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