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Alpha Apprentices Take Their Caterham to Oulton Park

Apprentice Trackday

Last week Alpha Manufacturing first year apprentices visited Oulton Park race track along with their Bri-Stor Systems colleagues to put their recently completed Caterham kit car to the test. 

Local Students Visit Alpha

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Alpha today welcomed a young group of potential future engineers from local Kings Mead High-school, keen to learn more about our Apprenticeship programme.

Apprentices Complete 2nd Caterham Project

Apprentice Team Complete Caterham Project

A team of young apprentices from across the group completed their Caterham build project and were able to take a moment to pose alongside the fruits of their labour.

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The second apprentice Caterham build continued this week as the team lifetd in the engine and began to assemble the coolant and heating systems.

2017 Apprentice Intake Begin Their First Week

Alpha Manufacturing 2017 Engineering Apprenticeship Intake

This week saw our latest intake of Apprentices begin the path to their Engineering careers as they attended their first week at the JCB Academy.

Fresh Team, Fresh Car, Fresh Challenge.

Caterham Project Aug 2017

Following the success of the apprentice Caterham build project earlier this year, we decided to do whole thing again. A new team, consisting of our latest intake of apprentices, will build the Caterham race car over the next 12 weeks.

Apprentice Caterham Project – Race Day


This week our apprentice teams finally got to enjoy the fruits of their labour over the past 3 months as they took to the track in their recently completed Caterham 7 Kit Car.

Accompanied by Bri-Stor Group Directors, Project manager Ian Buckley, Apprentice Manager William Davies-Hill and even a couple of Pro Race Drivers, the young teams spent the day at Donnington race track. As well as the Caterham, the team were also treated to fast laps from the pro drivers in a Clio Cup race car and Audi R8 LMS track car.

Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 10

Caterham Pose

She lives! This week saw the moment the apprentice team have been waiting for, as they finally fired up the car. After a dry turnover trial and check on all fluids, the Caterham was dropped to the floor from its jacks and started for the very first time.

Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 9

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A dramatic transformation this week as the apprentices’ Caterham gets a shiny new wrap from our good friends at Hex Signs & Graphics. 

Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 8


This week was about finer details for the apprentice team as they tackled the intricate electrics; wiring in the lights, indicators and other electrical components.

Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 7

Week 7

A productive week this week as the young apprentice team focused on the rear of the car, fitting the differential, assembled and fitted the suspension, mounted the rear axle and fitted the handbrake.

Apprentice Caterham Build: Week 6


A slower week for the build this week as a couple of the team were away. However, the remaining members ploughed on and still managed to assemble the cooling system, pre-assemble the steering and fit the airbox and induction system.

Caterham Build Project – Week 5


A busy week for the Apprentice Caterham team as engine, gearbox and radiator were all installed as well as pre-assembly of the heater and coolant components.

Caterham Build Project – Week 3


This week the young apprentices set about assembling the rear axel, suspension and brakes as the car continues to take shape.