There are no set entry requirements for Apprenticeships, although dealers prefer applicants to have 3 GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade “C / 4” or above or 3 at national level 4 in Scotland.
Our selection process is a rigorous job application process. Applicants will be interviewed and asked to take tests to see if they are the right person for the employers we are recruiting for.
Depending on the career route chosen there are different types of Apprenticeships available. Choosing the right Apprenticeship will depend on your experience and the employment opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:
- Maths and English qualifications, and in some cases a technical certificate awarded by IMI or City & Guilds or a similar awarding organisation
Technical Apprenticeships in the Motor Industry take between 30-36 months. Apprentices need to demonstrate a large degree of commitment to see it through and will receive ongoing support throughout the programme.
Business Administration, Customer Service, Team Leading, Learning Mentor or Operations/Departmental Manager and other related subjects typically take between 12 months and 36 months.
Employers pay their Apprentice’s wages and provide on-the-job training which allows them to achieve their Apprenticeship. Apprentices also spend time with dedicated Skillnet Skills Coaches gaining skills that will be useful in the job market – like working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology. In addition, they may study with us for a technical certificate, which will give them further knowledge and understanding of their job. Technical Apprentices attend one of our centres of learning for blocks of two weeks at a time. Non-technical Apprenticeships are delivered in the workplace. All Apprenticeships require time for ‘off the job’ training.
There is legislation that sets minimum rates of pay for Apprentices. Employers must pay rates which meet these requirements .Employers are also advised to pay a rate that reflects their local job market. We select the employers we work with carefully to make sure that they can provide Apprentices with a safe work place and that they will support them in gaining their Apprenticeship and developing their careers.
Applicants need to be:
- Able to show that they have fully researched the area of work they want to do and that they are the right person for the job
- Aware of their responsibilities to themselves and to the company they work for
- Prepared for further study and realistic about the amount of work they may have to do
- Happy to work as both part of a team and as an individual
- Able to use their own initiative
Apprenticeships can be demanding, but very rewarding. It’s not just a question of seeing what is available and then selecting a career path. It helps if Apprentices are focused enough to know what they want to do before they apply.
Like all other employees, Apprentices will receive at least 20 days holiday entitlement per year (plus bank holidays). Their individual entitlement will be detailed in their terms of employment. Just like any other job, employers will have rules about how far in advance holidays need to be booked, and times that holidays cannot be taken.
There are no set entry requirements or restrictions for Apprenticeships, although dealers prefer applicants to have 3 GCSE passes including English and maths at grade “C / 4” or above or 3 at national level 4 in Scotland.
Higher level qualifications are no longer an inhibiting factor either e.g. degree level qualifications will not preclude anyone from undertaking an Apprenticeship.
No, Apprenticeships are open to all ages. Funding rules in different parts of the UK may mean that employers will need to contribute more to the training costs of some Apprentices.