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Two Paths to Help the Next Generation Enter the Collector Car Industry

The Piston Foundation offers young folks a means of receiving skilled trade education through its scholarship and apprenticeship programs. Both programs are designed to facilitate learning opportunities and create a new generation of expert car restoration specialists. If you are a student planning to attend a skilled trade school, explore the details surrounding a Piston Fund Scholarship. If you are already working as a technician or looking to gain new skills in the art of car restoration, then consider applying for apprenticeship placement through the Piston Academy.

Skilled Trade Education Scholarships

The Piston Fund

The Piston Fund helps students take their first steps towards a skilled trade career. If you are attending, accepted, or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year automotive technology program and have a strong interest in working with collector cars, a Piston Fund scholarship can help make school more affordable.

Vehicle Restoration Apprenticeships

The Piston Academy

The Piston Academy helps qualified technicians and re-skilling workers learn the skills and craft of collector car restoration and service by apprenticing with today’s master craftspeople. The Academy provides apprenticeship placements at leading restoration shops, a hands-on learning plan, mentoring, and a training grant.

Our Cause

The collector car industry has rewarding, high-paying jobs that are and alternative to 4-year college degrees. The problem is that potential workers don’t know these opportunities exist. And if they do, the high cost of education and the lack of on-the-job training stop young people from pursuing these careers.

We need to help them. Because who will work on a collector car in 5 years, 10 years, or 20? It’s a good question. The lack of qualified mechanics and restoration specialists, meager grassroots funding, and minimal career awareness, means the collector car industry may not survive. Together, we can change that and in the process, align people with amazing careers.

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