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Apprenticeships

About Apprenticeships

ACHIEVING QUALIFICATIONS AND GAINING REAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Employers value real working skills when they are selecting new employees and promoting existing ones. Apprentices who have worked for and achieved qualifications in addition to gaining experience in the workplace will be in a good position to further their career.

Depending on their starting point, Apprentices can work towards a Level 2, 3 or 5 Standard with Skillnet. 

For technical qualifications, once they have achieved these awards they will be recognised as qualified technicians. They can then build on these awards through further training or education. Skillnet can provide them with advice and guidance on how to start an Apprenticeship and then how to develop their career to become a Senior Technician or a Senior Manager.

 

How it works

Apprentices are fully employed members of staff, with a contract of employment, holiday entitlement and a right to time off the job for study. The employer pays the Apprentices' wages and gives them on-the-job training which allows them to achieve their qualifications. They will also spend time with Skillnet gaining key skills that will be useful in the job market, such as working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology. In addition, they will study with us for a Standard qualification, which will give them further knowledge and understanding of their job. Technical Apprentices usually attend one of our delivery sites for one day a week or in blocks of one or two weeks at a time, depending on their employer’s preferences.

Benefits

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 ever greater.

Once Apprentices qualifiy as a technician they have the option to develop your skills in a number of different areas. They could become a specialist technical expert, finding and fixing complex faults, or perhaps get involved in training and mentoring other technicians.

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

Whether they’re interested in automotive, logistics or any of the other industries we work with, we offer a wide range of qualifications suitable for young people and adult learners alike

Qualifications available

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 information technology. These are essential skills that underpin success in education, employment, lifelong learning and personal development, helping learners compete effectively in the labour market, in any field.

Automotive Apprenticeships

With many apprenticeships available in 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 you learn has never been easier.

Automotive Apprenticeships provide young people with the knowledge and skills they’ll need to kick-start their career, working alongside experienced employees as they go. As an Apprentice, they’ll be working for a company with all of the real responsibilities you’d expect, offering valuable experience in the ‘real world’ while also developing life-skills.

What we offer

Skillnet offers apprenticeships, providing young people with the first step in their career to go on and progress, succeed and fulfil their ambitions within the motoring industry. 

Sounds good to you? Applicants can complete our online form to enquire about the dealership Apprenticeships available in your local area.

 

Resources for Parents & Guardians

Supporting a young person through their Apprenticeship programme calls for a level of commitment from you as well as them. In recognising this, Skillnet has put together the attached guide which we hope will be useful. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Information for parents about the benefits of apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide.

Parent/Guardian Letter

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

 

UK Apprenticeships Available

At Skillnet, we offer apprenticeships for:

LIGHT VEHICLE TECHNICIAN

Apprentices learn how to find and repair faults on a range of different cars, as well as carrying out routine servicing. Computer technology plays a key part in today's vehicles, and Apprentices will use them as part of their everyday activities.

HEAVY VEHICLE TECHNICIAN

Today's trucks can be worth in excess of £100,000 which means that keeping them safely on the road is critical to their owners. Students will learn the skills needed to qualify as Heavy Vehicle Technicians.

AUTOCARE TECHNICIANS:

An Auto-care Technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles. They will work in an Auto-care or “Fast-Fit” Centre, which may be part of a national chain or operated by a regional/local independent group/owner. They will use a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify and repair simple system faults. An Auto-care Technician requires a combination of technical, retail and customer service skills. 

MET/VEHICLE BODY FITTING TECHNICIAN

No-one wants to get into an accident but, of course, they do happen. The job of a MET/Vehicle Body Fitting Technician Apprentice is to remove and replace damaged parts and ensure that the vehicle is returned in a condition that’s "as good as new" and "as safe as new". Apprentices will learn how to replace any mechanical components that may be damaged in an accident, from a light bulb to a complete engine.

VEHICLE PAINT TECHNICIAN

The best cars are beautifully designed and then beautifully painted. Vehicle Paint Technician Apprentices will learn how to prepare vehicles for primer and paint. They will mix, match and apply a range of different paints using a whole series of different techniques.

VEHICLE PANEL TECHNICIAN

Modern vehicles are designed with a huge range of different body construction materials that require increasingly complex repair methods. Vehicle Panel Technicians are responsible for restoring the vehicle bodywork to its pre-accident condition by panel-beating, welding, fabricating and filling.

CUSTOMER SERVICE

Whether they are meeting and greeting customers or dealing with complaints and compliments, customer service is key to a business’s success. This Apprenticeship is suitable for people working in all areas of a dealership.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The smooth flow of paper and other information through a dealership is vital. This Apprenticeship will develop learners' IT, customer service and general administration skills.

TEAM LEADER/SUPERVISOR

A team leader/supervisor is a first line management role. They will have operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in organisations of all sizes, the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role even though specific responsibilities will vary.

Operations/Departmental Manager 

An operations/departmental manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects in order to achieve operational or departmental goals and objectives. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Specific responsibilities and job titles will vary across different organisations, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same. Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. Roles may include: Operations Manager, Divisional Manager, Regional Manager, Department Manager or other specialist managers.