Introduction to motor vehicle apprenticeship training with Gloucestershire College
When it comes to motor vehicle apprenticeships, we have years of experience developing new talent. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, utilising motor vehicle apprenticeships is an ideal way to bring new skills into your business. At Gloucestershire College, we are proud to work with employers across Gloucestershire and the South West to deliver automotive apprenticeships, training the motor vehicle industry's future.
Known as the go-to provider for Gloucestershire apprenticeships, our Light Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship underpins traditional mechanic skills and values whilst readying motor vehicle apprentices for an ever-changing industry. Automotive technologies will continue to progress but the problem-solving and analytical mindset our apprentices develop will last a lifetime, providing invaluable skills for the future of your business.
If you are looking to hire a motor vehicle apprentice for your business, choose Gloucestershire College as your training provider with confidence. Our mechanic apprentices learn in exceptional facilities mentored by industry professionals and supported every step of the way by our expert team.
Get in touch today to hire a motor vehicle apprentice or keep reading to find out more about our motor vehicle apprenticeship, the process of how to recruit an apprentice, our facilities, and the support given to apprentices and our partner employers.
Looking to recruit a new apprentice for your business? You’ve come to the right place. Our apprenticeship vacancies consistently attract a high calibre of outstanding, diverse candidates including both young and more mature individuals with previous experience, graduates, school leavers and career changers all enthusiastically looking to join a local business like yours.
We understand that when it comes to recruitment, it’s all about finding the right fit. That’s why our expert apprenticeship team listen carefully to the needs and requirements of your business before carefully and diligently matching you with potential apprentices. Think of us as a recruitment agency who handle to whole process for you from advertising to shortlisting and pre-interviewing, but without any of the fees!
Just like with hiring any other employee, you will have the final say on who you recruit. Your apprentice will have a contract of employment and will have the same responsibilities and entitlements as any other team member.
Ready to bring new talent into your business? Contact our team today to recruit an apprentice.
Our motor vehicle apprenticeship covers the repair and maintenance of all types of light vehicles. Whether your company is a dealership that focuses on a particular manufacturer or an independent garage that works with many different makes of vehicles, we can support you with apprenticeship training.
Motor Vehicle apprentices will develop a range of skills from replacing parts through to solving complex faults using our modern diagnostic equipment, test rigs and range of makes and models of cars in our workshops, including hybrids.
For more detail about our Level 3 Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship, download our fact sheet below or simply get in touch with our helpful team with any questions.
Starting in September 2022
"At GC, we are training the future of the motor industry. Currently, there is a shortfall of skilled technicians, and our apprentices bring the most current skill set to their employers.” - Robert Papps, Lecturer in Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance at GC
Whether you have one, two or 10 motor vehicle apprentices with Gloucestershire College, we provide each apprentice and each of our employers with all the support needed for success.
Right from day one, we listen to our employers to understand your needs and skill requirements while our expert apprenticeship team are on hand to answer any questions about apprenticeships or our motor vehicle programme. We can handle the whole recruitment process for you and connect your business with the brightest up and coming talent.
Your training coordinator at the college will be your point of contact, keeping you updated on your apprentice’s progress with regular workplace visits and working with you to meet goals and objectives.
Motor vehicle apprentices at Gloucestershire College will be part of apprentice-only cohorts. We keep our cohorts small on purpose to maximise one-to-one with our expert lecturers and tutors. As a cohort of link minded individuals all looking to make their mark on the automotive industry, our apprentices thrive through peer learning and establish a support network of connections.
Apprentices have access to our team of automotive industry experts at College with years of experience. On hand to answer any questions, our tutors work with apprentices to solve real-word problems and help them to apply their learning to find solutions.
As well as receiving academic support, as part of the Gloucestershire College community, apprentices have access to all of our campus facilities, pastoral care and resources.
Each and every apprentice is assigned a training coordinator who will visit your workplace regularly and will work both you and your apprentice track their progress and provide any support needed. Should there be any challenges, concerns or questions during your apprentice’s time with us, your dedicated Training Coordinator will there to support you both.
Using the Apprentice Levy and government funding
The apprenticeship training for your motor vehicle apprentice will be completely free if your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16-18-year-old.
If you are not a levy payer (your wage bill is less than £3 million), you will contribute just 5% of the total cost of your apprentice’s training and the government will pay the remaining 95%.
If you pay the apprenticeship levy, we can support you to maximise your levy strategy. You can use your levy funds to bring in new talent to the business, or upskill employees through apprenticeships and help reduce skills gaps.
How will an apprentice benefit my business?
Apprenticeships offer real, measurable business benefits for employers:
- Increase the future productivity of your business with new talent
- Keep the business up to date with the latest knowledge and innovative practices
- Deliver on the job training to employees, tailored to your business needs
- Develop and retain existing staff by offering support and a fresh perspective
Will my apprentice learn about electric and hybrid vehicles?
Yes. We have a whole module dedicated to alternative fuels and both hybrid and electric systems. Our apprenticeship programme is designed with the future in mind to teach apprentices the latest industry skills and technology. If you have any specific questions about the course content or training, simply get in touch with our team today.
Who can do an apprenticeship?
The minimum age is 16. There is no upper age limit. Both existing employees and new recruits can do an apprenticeship. Part-time members of staff can an apprenticeship, so long as they are working more than 16 hours per week. We have apprentices of all ages at Gloucestershire College including many adult learners.
How much should I pay my apprentice?
From April 2021, the national minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.30. The vast majority of our employers offer apprentices more than this but our advisors are on hand to guide you.
How do I recruit an apprentice for my business?
You’ll be in safe hands with Gloucestershire College as we won the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year Award 2020 and help hundreds of employers take on new apprentices every year.
If you would like to recruit an apprentice, simply get in touch with our Business Hub team to get ball rolling. We will arrange a one-to-one with you to chat through all of your options and the programmes we have available. We offer a free apprentice recruitment service and will advertise your vacancy on the National Apprenticeship Website and GlosJobs as well as on our live vacancies page. Our team will pre-screen and interview candidates before providing you with a shortlist of anonymised applicants.
If your business has your own recruitment processes and polices, our team can support you with applicant days and interviewing, just get in touch to discuss your requirements.
When is the right time to recruit an apprentice?
Our motor vehicle apprenticeships start every September and January, along with our construction, trade and accounting apprentices. Our apprenticeships in HR, Business Administration, Marketing and IT start throughout the year.
If you would like to recruit a motor vehicle apprentice, we recommend that you get in touch as soon as possible so we have plenty of time to advertise your vacancy ready for starting in September. Many of our employers start advertising as early as April or May.
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When will my apprentice be able to start work?
Your apprentice will be with you from day one. Just like with any employee, they will need to be shown the ropes. Your apprentice will have weekly day release to college, growing their skills throughout their apprenticeship and will be able to start working on your site from week one.