Why should I do an apprenticeship in the automotive industry?
It can be difficult for a school or college leaver to decide their career route at such a young age. But there are many reasons why starting an apprenticeship in the automotive industry is a great route to take.
After leaving education, it can be difficult to start a full-time role with little to no experience. An apprenticeship allows you to continue to learn and gain a further understanding of a career sector, while earning your own money. Apprenticeships provide you with the experience of working in a workplace, such as an office or in a garage, along with expanding your independence, organisational, time management and teamwork skills.
There are apprenticeships available in many different sectors of the automotive industry. You could choose a career in sales or as a technician, but you could also start an apprenticeship in digital marketing, administration or customer services.
There are many opportunities for career progression in each sector of the industry thanks to training and support that many automotive employers offer. Many automotive leaders started from the bottom, worked their way up and are now shaping the future of the industry. Becoming an apprentice is a fantastic route to take, giving you a head start in the working environment. Not only is the industry an incredible workplace for personal development, it also provides you with competitive salaries, bonuses, perks and social events.
Automotive apprenticeships train you to develop the skills you need. The training will vary depending on your job role; however, elements could include understanding the workings of a car, how to secure a sale or handling data on a computer software.
The salary for your apprenticeship will depend on the company you work for. In general, from April 2019, the minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 an hour (under the age of 19 and any apprentice, regardless of age, in their first year of the apprenticeship). However, this doesn’t mean that your wage won’t increase throughout your time at the company, and many employers pay much more than this!
The duration of your apprenticeship will depend on the qualification level you are aiming to achieve. The duration and level of apprenticeship should be stated within the application form on the company’s website. The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is at least a year, with some courses lasting for up to four years.
An apprenticeship within the automotive sector can help you kick-start your career. During your time as an apprentice, you will work alongside one or more qualified and experienced employees who will help train you and demonstrate the skills needed. It could also include visiting a training provider or college for further education. Once you have finished your apprenticeship, you will have the skills and knowledge to continue to work with your employer in a permanent position, or apply for a different role in your chosen career sector.
There are thousands of businesses looking for talent across the UK. If you are interested in starting an apprenticeship in automotive retail, visit www.drivemycareer.co.uk for more information.
Drive My Career is an employment platform launched in February 2018 to help young people connect with local automotive employers in their local area. On the website, users can do a postcode search to find the automotive retailers near them who are looking for talent. On its social media channels, Drive My Career showcases the variety of job roles available and runs campaigns to highlight the positive aspects of a career in today’s automotive industry.