The Apprentice Guild

The International Guild of Specialist Engineers (TIGOSE) was established back in 1998 with the sole purpose of promoting and supporting the new generation of engineers in the UK dedicated to the world of restoring and maintaining this country’s rich heritage of motor sport.

In association with The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), training is delivered through a residential block release programme at our partnerEmtec’s state-of-the-art training academy in Nottingham. And our training is designed to equip technician apprentices with the highest level of traditional and practical skills within the vehicle restoration industry. Apprentices even receive regular assessment visits (at their place of work) by a dedicated Skills Trainer.

Structured around the IMI’s Classic Vehicle Restoration L2 and LR Diplomas, our training ensures that candidates will also be thoroughly grounded inEmployment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) as well as functional skills in Maths, English and ICT.

Our programmes run for 36 months; level 2 is usually attained within 18 to 24 months; and level 3 within a further 12 to 18 months.

In addition to the Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeship, we can also provide Apprenticeships, Training and Assessment for Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Vehicle Parts Operations, Automotive Customer Service, Vehicle Paint Refinishing, Vehicle Body Repair, and Auto Electrics.

Each year the Apprentices will undertake 10 days of specialist training. Areas of training will be decided by the Apprentice’s employers and may include any of the following: air cooled engines, pre-1945 electrics, carburettors’ strip and rebuild, and preparing a car for racing.

Upon completion, Apprentices will come away with:
  • NVQ Level 2 (Apprenticeship) or NVQ Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)
  • Functional Skills Certificates
  • IMI Technical Certificate
  • Apprenticeship/Advanced Apprenticeship Completion Certificate


Used Marc Brunel to source Vehicle Restoration staff. As we require Skilled Professionals who have manufacture experience to ensure they are used to working with set procedures as well as having the attention to detail required to carry out the full nut and bolt restoration projects on our classic cars. On top of this somebody with knowledge of race car suspension set up for our track/ race car preparation. This we thought would be a tough task but these guys managed to find somebody to tick all the boxes. They understood our requirements and delivered!
Marc Brunel did an excellent job in finding me and then giving me the opportunity in furthering my motorsport career, the communication was first class from start to finish.
The company was outstanding. No areas for improvement, a pleasure to do business with and many thanks for helping me get one of the best jobs joining a new team in the automotive industry.

Keith Davis
(Technical Manager)

R Nathan

A Chandra

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