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About Apprenticeships Options


Employers value real working skills when they are selecting new employees and promoting existing ones. So Apprentices who have worked for and achieved qualifications as well as gained experience at work will be in a good position to further their career.

Apprentices work towards an Apprenticeship Standard, which will give them the skills and experience they need to be successful in their chosen industry.

Once technical Apprentices have achieved these awards they are recognised as a qualified Vehicle Technician. They can then build on this through further training or education. Skillnet will continue to provide Apprentices with advice and guidance on how to develop their career to become a Senior Technician or a Senior Manager.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is your passport to an exciting new career. As well as gaining valuable qualifications Apprentices will also gain real practical skills that will help them build a successful long term career. Whether an Apprenticeship is technical or non-technical they will learn skills relevant to today’s employers.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?


Doing an Apprenticeship involves “on-the-job" and “off the job” training. Apprentices can build up knowledge and skills, gain qualifications and earn money all at the same time.


Apprentices are trained in the skills they need to become a fully qualified member of staff. As they progress through their qualifications, they become more valuable employees and their earning abilities will increase accordingly.


There is a shortage of skilled technicians in the automotive industry. As cars, bikes and trucks become more advanced, the need for skilled repairers becomes greater.

Once an Apprentice has qualified as a technician they can go on to develop their skills in a number of different areas. They can become a specialist technical expert, finding and fixing complex faults, or perhaps get involved in training other technicians.

Alternatively, Apprentices can use their skills to develop a career in sales, parts, general management and a range of other disciplines. With a technical or non-technical qualification, as an Advanced Apprentice the world really is their oyster.

Whether they are looking to work in automotive, logistics or any of the other industries we work with, we offer a wide range of qualifications to young people and adult learners.

Qualifications available

Apprentices will achieve nationally recognised Standards through assessment and training in the workplace. These Standards are accepted by employers and academic institutes.

People who complete an Apprenticeship usually gain Level 2 or Level 3 Standard.

Maths, English and Information, Communication Technology (ICT) 

All Apprentices are required to demonstrate their abilities in skills such as English language, number skills, and IT. These are essential skills that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development, and they are needed to compete effectively in the labour market, in any field.

Automotive Apprenticeships

With many apprenticeships available in various different sectors in the automotive industry, there are plenty of opportunities for career progression. Thanks to the support that many automotive employers offer, the ability to earn while they learn has never been easier and is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to university. 

Automotive apprenticeships provide learners with the knowledge and skills they need to kick-start their career. As an apprentice, they’ll have all of the real responsibilities you’d expect, giving them valuable experience in the ‘real world’ while also developing their professional and life skills.

Apprenticeships and their benefits

An Apprenticeship is a structured programme of training which combines theoretical learning with practical application. A well-trained Apprentice understands what they are doing, why they are doing it and how to do it well.

Recruiting a new member of staff and turning them into the trained person you need for the future of your business is a vitally important and specialist task. 

The Government has recognised the value of Apprenticeships for the development of the UK economy and provides funding to support the recruitment and development of new Apprentices. 

Apprenticeships provide a structured training programme with training costs at least part-funded by the Government. They also offer the chance to choose the Apprentice that’s exactly right for your business. This makes Apprenticeships an excellent way to develop your workforce. Indeed, the return on investment from recruiting a new Apprentice is often a significant contribution to the profitability of your business. 

To find out more about how Apprenticeships could work for your business, contact Skillnet today or register a vacancy.


On qualification, Apprentices will achieve an Apprenticeship Standard. This has been agreed by employers to be the level they need to reach in order to be successful in their chosen career. For some Standards they can achieve the grades of Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Maths, English and Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

All Apprentices are required to demonstrate their abilities in skills such as English language, number skills, and sometimes IT. These are essential skills that will underpin their success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development - basically, all the essential skills that are needed for anyone in any field to compete effectively in the labour market.

Resources for Employers and Mentors

Recruiting an Apprentice is an excellent investment for your business. To help maximise the return on that investment, we have compiled the following useful information. If you have any additional questions or require information not shown here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Information, Advice and Guidance Policy

Equality and Diversity Policy 

Health and Safety Policy

Information guide showing the benefits of recruiting an apprentice


Apprenticeship Options

Skillnet helps businesses recruit and train the best people. We offer Apprenticeships for:

  • Light Vehicle
  • Heavy Vehicle 
  • Autocare
  • Body and Paint
  • PartsAuto Electricians
  • Customer Service
  • Business Administration
  • Team Leading
  • Management

As well as a range of other disciplines.

Whether you are looking to recruit a new Apprentice or would like to arrange training for existing staff, contact us today.


Recruiting an apprentice

We will take great care to make sure we understand your precise requirements before matching you with any potential Apprentices. 

We take all our applicants through a rigorous selection process to test their commitment, aptitude and academic ability before we match them with employers. This includes a series of online tests, face to face interviews and presentations. For every one applicant that you see, we have tested and interviewed many more. Of course, as these applicants will become your employees, you get the final say on which one(s) you employ.

Applicants in your area

You can use our Applicant Location page to see all the Applicants we have in your area.



In England, eligible employers can meet the costs of their Apprentices’ training through their Apprenticeship Levy pot. For micro businesses, the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) contributes 100% of the costs of training any Apprentice aged between 16 and 18 on the day they start their Apprenticeship. For older learners, contributions may be required from employers to cover some of the costs of training.

Different funding rules exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

Our English, Scottish and Welsh Apprenticeship programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund to increase labour market participation, promote social inclusion and develop the skills of the potential and existing workforce. The ESF is designed to increase sustainable economic and social inclusion in the European Union, by helping people who have difficulties finding work, and improving the skills of the workforce.



Register a vacancy

If you are interested in recruiting an Apprentice please register a vacancy.

Resources For Employers & Mentors

Recruiting an Apprentice is an excellent investment for businesses. To help maximise the return on that investment, Skillnet operates a robust attraction and selection process to help you recruit the very best Apprentices. 

Thanks to our advertising and marketing campaigns, and our links with schools and careers services across the country, we generate around 20,000 applications for Apprenticeships in the automotive industry every year! 

We take these applicants through a series of assessments, practical tests and interviews to help determine if they are right for the industry and your business. We will introduce you to high quality candidates. You then make the final decision about which Apprentice to recruit. 

You can also support Skillnet in attracting applicants for your vacancies by:

  • Arranging “open days” for Careers staff and schools to visit your dealerships
  • Offering “traineeships” to give young people  work experience opportunities 
  • Giving potential Apprentices the chance to visit your premises with their parents to find out more about the opportunities you offer
  • Visiting local schools to talk to groups of pupils about careers in the automotive Industry
  • Putting your Apprenticeship vacancies on your own website and linking these to the site