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 ones. So Apprentices who have worked for and achieved qualifications, as well as those who have gained work experience, will be in a good position to further their career.

Depending on their starting point, successful applicants will work towards an Apprenticeship Standard at Level 2, 3 or 5.

For technical qualifications, once they have achieved these awards they will be recognised as a qualified Vehicle Technician. They can then build on these awards through further training or education. 

Skillnet will initially provide Apprentices with advice and guidance on how to start an Apprenticeship, but as they progress will support them in further learning so they can develop their career to become a Senior Technician or a Senior Manager.

Skillnet also delivers a range of non-technical qualifications. So whatever their interest, Skillnet offers training courses which will help your learners.

What Is An Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a student’s passport to an exciting new career. As well as gaining valuable qualifications, Apprentices will also gain practical skills that will help them build a successful long term career. Whether an Apprenticeship is technical or non-technical, they will also learn the life skills they’ll need in order to be relevant to today’s employers.

Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

GAIN SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

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

EARN WHILE THEY LEARN

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

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.