Draper Tools supports first female workshop apprentice at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

Draper Tools Supports Apprentice Emily Leese

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has appointed a new workshop apprentice as an investment in the future of its historic vehicle collection at a time when few specialist workshops are taking on trainees. New apprentice Emily Leese, aged 18, joins the museum’s experienced workshop team to help maintain and restore its collection of more than 250 historic vehicles.

Here at Draper Tools we are proud to be supporting Emily’s career with the provision of a full set of mechanics tools from the Draper Expert range. Emily recently paid a visit to Draper Tools HQ, where Commercial Marketing Manager, Chris Bartlett presented her with the new tools, which included a comprehensive socket set and a sturdy tool chest.


We enjoyed meeting Emily, who’s a classic car fanatic and has been a volunteer at the National Motor Museum since the age of 14. There’s no doubt that Emily will be putting her new tools to good use. During her visit to Draper Tools, Emily told us that she’d always wanted to be a mechanic and even from as young as three years old, she played with toy cars and repaired broken toys.
When she completes her apprenticeship, Emily will become the first to do so since Museum Manager and Chief Engineer Doug Hill finished his apprenticeship 40 years ago. By assisting and learning from the museum’s experienced team of five workshop engineers, Emily will help to maintain and repair a staggering variety of vehicles including prestigious veteran cars, classic racers, luxury limousines, vintage motorcycles, Land Speed Record-breakers and even the famous Beaulieu Monorail.


We think Emily has an extremely bright future ahead of her and look forward to hearing about her progress as an apprentice in workshop. Emily said recently: “I’ve always wanted to work at the National Motor Museum, so after my apprenticeship I really want to stay in the workshop for a long time. To be honest, I haven’t really thought about where the future will take me, I just want to focus on doing the best job I can. As there are so many vehicles to look after and maintain, I think that I will be working on all sorts of things for quite a while yet.”


Everyone at Draper Tools would like to wish Emily the best of luck with her career. We’ll be following her updates about life as an apprentice in a blog at www.beaulieu.co.uk/news. The first post, a Q&A with Emily, is live already and we think it’s a great read.

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