Aston Martin on the hunt for clay sculpting apprentices

Aston Martin is searching for the best of tomorrow’s automotive design talent with news that the luxury sports car brand is recruiting clay sculpting apprentices.

The two apprenticeships on offer present the right candidates with the opportunity to enter the highly acclaimed Aston Martin Design Department and, quite literally, help shape the future of the great British brand.

Would-be clay sculptors are invited to apply for a four-year apprenticeship programme that begins in January 2015. This unique scheme will offer individuals the chance to develop the practical skills required to mould forthcoming generations of the world’s most beautiful sports cars, with the opportunity to progress to a Higher Apprenticeship.

The successful candidates will be helping to sculpt cars that will be assured of a truly global presence, supporting the growth of the world-class sports car maker.

The ideal applicants should have creative flare, a good eye for proportion, be enthusiastic and passionate about the Aston Martin brand, whilst having the ability to tackle problems and challenges in an innovative manner.

The specialist role will provide the chosen candidates with the necessary training and support to become successful clay sculptors. Those fortunate enough to be selected will be learning from some of the industry’s most talented and skilled craftspeople and, by the end of this programme, will be able to take a design from initial concept to an accurate full-size model of the final car for both the exterior and interior.

The company, based at Gaydon in Warwickshire, is aiming to add two new apprentices to the 12 already recruited across the business and due to start work in September this year.

Qualification requirements for applicants include five GCSEs at grade ‘C’ and above. These must include Maths, English, Science and a related subject such as Art.

The expansion to include Clay Sculpting within the apprenticeship programme is a new direction for Aston Martin and demonstrates the importance that the company places on developing the next generation of top-class automotive talent.

Design Director Marek Reichman explained: “A skilled clay sculptor has the ability to turn a 2D sketch into 3D life-size reality. Clay sculpting remains an integral part of the design process at Aston Martin and is vital in helping the Design Team visualise future models.

“We’re looking for creative young people with a keen interest in the motor industry and a passion for all things Aston Martin.

“This is an incredible opportunity for talented and ambitious individuals to join one of the world’s most respected automotive design teams and work on new cars that, I’m sure, will be admired around the world.”

The apprenticeship programme will be delivered in-house in partnership with Walsall College through formal learning at the company’s Technical Academy at Gaydon and knowledge and skills within the workplace.