Florida-based classic truck and 4×4 vehicle specialist invests in American manufacturing and the future of skilled labor by training the next generation of automotive talent
PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 21, 2023) – Velocity Modern Classics, an industry leader in classic vehicle modernization, has launched a new apprenticeship program aimed at training the next generation of automotive technicians. The first paid apprenticeship program received over 400 applications and promises to teach students body fabrication, paint, engine assembly and other specialized mechanical skills.
In response to an ongoing shortage of skilled labor in the automotive industry, the program is part of Velocity’s commitment to American manufacturing and investment in training automotive artisans. The three-month program was built by Velocity’s team from the ground up and is designed to accept applicants with no prior experience. While most trade schools charge to take classes, Velocity pays each apprentice while they learn. Velocity’s specialized course in automotive skills includes three weeks of classroom training and three additional weeks of on-the-job training. Each class of apprentices will take a deep dive into one stage of Velocity’s restoration and assembly process.
“Everyone is having staffing issues of some sort these days, but the classic automotive industry as a whole needs more skilled labor,” said Jeremy Hans, CEO of Velocity Modern Classics. “We saw a huge opportunity to foster local talent and show them the way we do things at Velocity. Our team put a lot of work into the program’s curriculum, and we’re seeing great results already.”
Velocity accepted the initial round of applicants in February. The program’s first class is training students on paint and bodywork, learning Velocity’s meticulous paint and body fabrication techniques in its 135,000-square-foot facility. Participants will also gain hands-on experience working in a state-of-the-art restoration shop, which builds classic F-250s and Broncos on an unprecedented 14-week timeline. Velocity has already expanded the program to include training on assembly and metalworking and plans to expand classes to include all portions of its assembly line.
Velocity’s commitment to American manufacturing is nothing new. Founded in 2011, the Florida-based vehicle specialist has been restoring classic Broncos and Scouts for over a decade and has recently expanded to F-Series trucks and other classic vehicles. With a workforce of over 120 passionate automotive artisans, Velocity has perfected the production restoration process and builds every vehicle completely in-house with a 14-week turnaround. For more information about Velocity Modern Classics and its products, please visit velocityrestorations.com.
About Velocity Restorations
Based in Pensacola, Florida, Velocity Modern Classics is an award-winning custom car restoration and parts manufacturer that specializes in classic Ford Bronco, vintage truck and classic car restorations. Velocity prides itself on attention to detail, one-of-a-kind designs and its meticulous restoration process that sets it apart. As a result, Velocity has become internationally known for its superior restorations, which have collected top awards at the industry’s most significant events. Learn more about Velocity Modern Classics products and vehicles at www.VelocityRestorations.com.