Fancy yourself as a bit of a car buff, and love nothing more than taking dad’s car apart to see what…if anything, is wrong with it? Well if that’s you, then there are plenty of opportunities for apprentices in the retail motor industry - which can give you the chance to accelerate to a successful career in the trade!
What does a Mechanic Apprenticeship involve?
The retail motor industry deals with all aspects of cars, vans, and motorcycles. It’s a broad area employing people who sell vehicles, fix and service them, fit new parts, and even rescue motorists!
With more than 32 million vehicles on Britain’s roads, there is a great need for qualified motor technicians to keep them roadworthy. And this is where you come in!
As an apprentice in vehicle maintenance and repair, you could work for a dealership and focus on a particular manufacturer, or work for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. In both, you’ll choose your area of specialisation, whether that’s motorcycles, cars, heavy vehicles or vehicle electrical systems. There are also retail motor apprenticeships in: vehicle fitting, body and paint operations, parts operations and roadside assistance and recovery. So something to keep everyone’s motor running!
Who’s it for?
It’s essential to have mechanical and technical skills and you must have bags of enthusiasm and interest for the motor industry as a whole. You will be attempting to discover what’s wrong with a vehicle a lot of the time so you need to be good at diagnosing and solving problems.
Understanding basic engineering principles is required, while you can’t afford to waste time by calling a spanner and hammer. So being good with tools as well as your hands is a must! Working in such an environment will be dangerous- so you must be well aware of health and safety issues before you enter your place of work. You don’t want to be the guy that falls down the pit in the garage do you!?
What do I get out of it?
During an apprenticeship on maintenance and repair, you’ll be carrying out routine maintenance and basic repairs but once on the advanced apprenticeship, you’ll learn about more complex faults and learn how to identify and repair them using sophisticated diagnostic equipment.
Working in vehicle parts operations- you’ll be working both behind the scenes receiving deliveries and at the front desk, serving customers. Vehicle fitters get to supervise fast-fit operations by managing stock, organising staff and advising customers. And roadside assistance and repair apprentices, you’ll be out on the road with an experienced vehicle recovery technician, assessing breakdowns and safely removing vehicles and transporting them to garages.
Advanced apprentices will be qualified to carry out roadside repairs, if possible. The framework for an apprenticeship in the motor industry includes; a technical certificate, an NVQ, Key Skills and Employment rights and responsibilities. Once qualified, a starting salary anywhere between £13k-£15k can be expected. The prospects are good and jobs roles as vehicle technicians, parts operators, fitters and removal technicians await!
What vacancies are there?
Check out our mechanic apprenticeship vacancies section to find the right opportunity for you!
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