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Motor industry apprenticeships29th November 2012, 11:14
If you love cars, vans and motorcycles... love working under the bonnet tinkering towards the ultimate tune-up... and love driving anywhere and everywhere, then you'll probably also love the idea of a career in the motor industry.
With more than 32 million vehicles of all kinds on the road today, it's an immense industry, and somebody has got to sell them, keep them all roadworthy and - should anything go wrong – give their drivers the roadside assistance they need.
But it's not the kind of industry where you can walk in off the street and ask for a job, at least not without training, qualifications and work experience
And the best way of getting that training, work experience and those qualifications? A retail motor industry apprenticeship of course!
There are many different kinds of automotive apprenticeships available, meaning that you’d need to choose carefully because an apprenticeship involves not just learning theoretical knowledge, but also a great deal of on-the-job, hands-on training.
And that training depends entirely on the company taking you on as an apprentice. For example, an apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair could see you working for a dealership specialising in one particular vehicle brand, or for an independent garage catering for vehicles of all kinds.
Other apprenticeships to choose from include those for parts operation, bodywork and painting, vehicle fitting and roadside assistance and recovery.
You would also find yourself back in the classroom working towards a nationally recognised NVQ, together with a technical certificate.
During your apprenticeship, you’d be entitled to the same employment rights and benefits as everyone else you’re working with, together with a regular apprentice wage.
Whichever apprenticeship you choose, once you've completed it you'll have a head start over everyone else applying for any jobs you go for and you can expect a starting salary of between £13,000 and £15,000.
So if a career in the motor industry sounds ideal, then mirror, signal and manoeuvre your way to one with a motor industry apprenticeship.