Ferrari wants to make sure its timeless classics receive the same mechanical support enjoyed by modern supercars. To that end, the firm has beefed up its European apprenticeship program to cover all kinds of training on old-school technology. And when we say old-school, we’re not talking about first-generation OBD-1 systems or stereos with cassette players.
Through the program, students who want to pursue an automotive career with Ferrari can get familiar with all kinds of archaic motoring technology from yesteryear, including:
- Ballast resistor ignition systems
- Magneto ignition systems
- Dynamo charging systems
- Twin points distributor setups
- Multiple Webber carburettor systems
- Mechanical fuel injection systems
- Straight-cut dog mesh gearboxes
The Ferrari North Europe Apprentice program is open to 16-19 year olds interested in a service-based role working for a Ferrari dealership. Service and parts advisor apprenticeships last two years, while technician apprenticeships for service and body repair run three years. To delve into the classics, students must be in one of the three-year programs.
Obviously, not every person who fancies a gig spannering on Ferraris can score an apprenticeship. Ferrari North Europe receives over 1,000 applicants every year, for just 15 spots on the roster. Ferrari dealers in the UK commit to taking on at least one apprentice during the program, which includes 24 weeks of specialised training at a purpose-built facility in Slough.
The shop features state-of-the-art classrooms for traditional and computer-based studies, not to mention £20,000 worth of tools and a range of Ferraris for getting the all-important hands-on experience. All total, Ferrari North Europe invested more than £500,000 in the specialised workshop. And when all is said and done, graduates are offered a job with Ferrari.
With technology progressing at such a rapid pace, it’s nice to see a manufacturer working to keep the trade secrets of analogue mechanical components alive with a new generation of gearheads. Well done, Ferrari.
Gallery: Ferrari apprenticeship program
Apprenticeship now includes modules on Classic Car Technology
London, 01 March 2016
In this digital world of apps and smartphones, where you can pay for a coffee with your phone, and unlock that phone with a fingerprint scan, most school-leavers have no understanding of what a ballast resistor ignition system, a down-draught 6-carb Webber, or a straight-cut dog-mesh gearbox is, or how they work. In fact, very few school-leavers have any experience of what gearboxes were like to use before flappy paddles became so fashionable1 or had no synchromesh.
That is why Ferrari has upgraded its Apprenticeship programme for school-leavers aged 16-19 with a new training module focused on Classic Car Technology, including:
- Ballast resistor ignition systems.
- Magneto ignition systems both single and twin.
- Dynamo charging systems.
- Twin points distributor set ups.
- Multiple Webber carburetor set ups, from 3 to 6 carbs.
- Mechanical fuel injection systems.
- Straight cut dog mesh gearboxes.
Apprentices who are enrolling in the September 2017 intake can expect to complete these training modules in the 3rd Year of their Apprenticeship.
The Ferrari North Europe Apprentice programme is open to 16-19 year olds who are interested in working at an Official Ferrari Dealer in one of the following roles:
- Service Technician Apprenticeship – 3 years
- Service Advisor Apprenticeship – 2 years
- Parts Advisor Apprenticeship – 2 years
- Bodyshop Technician Apprenticeship – 3 years
Candidates wishing to apply for the September 2017 intake should check for the latest vacancies and register their interest via: www.ferrariapprenticeship.co.uk.
Notes to Editors:
Ferrari North Europe’s investment in the new Apprenticeship facilities amounts to over £500,000 and includes:
- a commitment from the Official Ferrari Dealers in the UK to take on at least one apprentice for the duration of the 3-year Apprentice Programme.
- two new purposely-designed classrooms (92 sq m) with 11 computer terminals for online assessments and for computer-based learning, in addition to the two classrooms currently available for technical training for dealer staff.
- a dedicated and fully-equipped workshop of 324 sq m with two vehicle ramps and over £20,000 of tools and equipment for Apprentices to receive hands-on training for servicing and maintaining Ferrari cars.
- a Ferrari Technical Training Instructor dedicated to providing courses and tuition for the Ferrari North Europe Apprentice Programme.
- a number of vehicles and service parts for hands-on technical training and diagnostics tuition, including some of the most highly innovative products from the Ferrari range such as the 488 GTB and California T.