Case study: Harry get career all revved up

NOT only do apprenticeships help to build the skills that employers really value, but they can help you make your mark in your chosen industry, as Harry Ruffell Hazell has discovered.


The 20-year-old works at world- renowned Classic Motor Cars based on Stanmore Business Park in Bridgnorth.


During his apprenticeship, the former Bridgnorth Endowed School pupil has been training in all aspects of the industry at the firm which has been at the forefront of classic car restoration for the last 27 years.


His commitment and hard work haven’t gone unnoticed by managing director Nigel Woodward, who nominated him for the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Historic Awards.


Harry was one of just three apprentices nationally to have been put forward for the RAC Young Achiever of the Year award, which recognises rising stars aged between 18 and 30 who are going above and beyond and building their future in Britain’s historic motoring world.


The apprentice, who is from Ditton Priors, was nominated for the award because of the quality of the work he carried out during the restoration of a 1955 Lancia Aurelia.


Harry, who completed an engineering diploma at Telford College of Arts and Technology, had the opportunity to drive the car on its first ever outing at the London Classic Car Show in 2019


“With the help and guidance from the technicians at CMC, I have been able to witness first-hand all the skills I will need during my career. Even better, being able to use these skills to carry out restorations by myself including, a Lancia Aurelia B20 and Jaguar Series 1 E-Type. I am beyond grateful to be shortlisted,” says Harry.


Nigel said: “It is no surprise to me that Harry has been shortlisted for this award. His infectious enthusiasm is clear for all to see. Always keen, engaged and not only willing to learn but eager to put in to practice the skills that he is developing.


“Harry has been one of CMC’s best recruitment decisions. We are thrilled that the RAC has seen fit to shortlist Harry for such a prestigious award. Harry has a great future ahead of him and we are proud to call him a CMC apprentice,” says Nigel.


CMC is an owner-managed Trust where the staff actually own the company, and is a partner of The Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) – an employer-led response to bridging the skills gap by creating industry-ready apprenticeships and delivering the best upskilling opportunities including courses that teach apprentices classic car skills.


Young people learn their trades in trimming, auto electrics, bodywork, paintwork and general mechanics.


The Marches Centre operates two state-of-the-art manufacturing training facilities in Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury, which have been developed to replicate real-world manufacturing environments and feature technology that is unrivalled in the UK.


Companies and apprentices can also tap into In-Comm’s Technical Academy in Aldridge, which also features a dedicated fluid-power cell and a new power press and tooling cell.