Apprenticeships

About Apprenticeships Options

ACHIEVING QUALIFICATIONS AND GAINING REAL WORK EXPERIENCE

Employers value real working skills when they are selecting new employees and promoting existing employees. 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.

Depending on their starting point Apprentices can work towards an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship with Skillnet. Usually they work through their Level 2 NVQ or VCQ, skills in maths, English and ICT and Level 2 Technical Certificates and then progress onto your Level 3 NVQ/VCQ and Level 3 Technical Certificates.

For technical qualifications, once they have achieved these awards they can 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.

Skillnet also deliver a range of non-technical qualifications, so whatever their interest, Skillnet offers training courses which are right for them.

 

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 - like working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology. In addition, they will study with us for a technical certificate, 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 employers' 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 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 then Skillnet is able to offer a wide range of qualifications to young people and adult learners.

Qualifications available

VOCATIONAL COMPETENCE QUALIFICATIONS (VCQ'S, NVQ’s and SVQ’s)

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

People who complete an Apprenticeship usually gain a competence qualification at Level 2. Advanced Apprenticeships lead to a qualification at Level 3.

Maths, English and Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

All Apprentices are required to demonstrate their abilities in skills such as English language, number skills, and information technology. These skills 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.

VOCATIONALLY RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS  (also known as VRQ'S or Technical Certificates)

These qualifications  focus on the knowledge and understanding that underpin an Apprentice’s  ability to carry out their job role competently. They may also cover wider aspects of the chosen occupation or sector. They prove that every Apprentice understands the theory behind the job as well as being able to carry out the practical tasks.

Resources for Parents & Guardians

Supporting a young person through their Apprenticeship programme calls for a level of committment 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.

Parent/Guardian Letter

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

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

Apprenticeships Available

At Skillnet, we can offer apprenticeships for:

LIGHT VEHICLE TECHNICIAN:

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

HEAVY VEHICLE TECHNICIAN:

Today's trucks can be worth in excess of £100,000 and so learning how to keep them safely on the road is critical to their owners, who rely on the skills students will learn as an apprentice Heavy Vehicle Technician.

FAST-FIT TECHNICIANS:

Tyres and exhausts need to be fitted quickly and expertly. As a Fast-fit Technician Apprentices learn a range of repair and replace techniques which will make them a key member of the workforce.

MET/VEHICLE BODY FITTING TECHNICIAN:

An accident  is the last thing anyone wants in a vehicle but they do happen. The job of a MET/Vehicle Body Fitting Technician Apprentice will be to remove and replace damaged parts and ensure that the vehicle is returned to "as good as new" and "as safe as new" condition. This role includes replacing 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 and then 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.

PARTS TECHNICIAN:

Today's vehicles are designed so that many parts can be replaced. The job of a Parts Technician is to use the latest computer technology to find the right part, at the right price and in the right location to ensure their customers get the part they need. This career requires a real eye for detail and a strong interest in computers.

AUTO ELECTRICIAN:

The electrical systems on cars and trucks are becoming increasingly complex and Apprentices who train as a specialist in this area will be in high demand.

CUSTOMER SERVICE:

From meeting and greeting customers to dealing with complaints and compliments, how a business delivers customer service is key to its success. This Apprenticeship is suitable for people working in all areas of the dealership.

SALES:

The key to business success is finding and retaining customers. Whether it is selling parts or vehicles or other products and services, developing good long-term relationships with customers is vital. This Apprenticeship will train learners in the key techniques to successful, professional selling.

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 LEADING & MANAGEMENT QUALIFICATIONS:

Whether an employee has been newly promoted to their first supervisory role or are an experienced Manager this range of training programmes will help develop their skills.