Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships at Gloucestershire College
Training the future of the automotive industry in Gloucestershire.
Now enrolling for September 2023 starts.
Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship Training
We have years of experience developing new talent through our motor vehicle apprenticeships. 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.
If you are looking to hire a motor vehicle apprentice or have a member of staff with potential to grow, get in touch with us today for a no-obligation consultation.
New for Academic Year 23/24 Level 2 Autocare Technician Apprenticeship
Our new Autocare Technician Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard is designed in consultation with local employers and provides learners with a fantastic start to their automotive career.
Apprentices can gain expertise not only in the technical elements of the role but also learn excellent customer handling, sales as well as strong problem solving and self-organisation skills.
What is an Autocare Technician?
An Autocare Technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles, working in a “Fast-Fit” Centre, which may be part of a national chain or independent garage. The role combines technical, retail and customer service skills, as well as tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment usage skills to identify & repair simple system faults.
For more information about the programme, contact our Employer Training & Apprenticeships team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0345 1552020
Level 3 Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship
Enrolling now for September 2023
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.
Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships open to both new and current staff
Already have an apprentice in mind? We can get them signed up. Our apprenticeships are open to new and existing employees enabling employers to upskill their workforce and future-proof their business with current and new skills.
How to recruit a motor vehicle apprentice for your business
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.
Our expert team will support your recruitment goals from promoting your vacancy on our website and social media to matching you with potential candidates.
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?
Training delivery for our Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships
When you recruit a motor vehicle apprentice with Gloucestershire College, they will be with you in your workplace from day one. We know the best way for apprentices to learn is through hands-on experience in the real working environment. With day release to College every week, apprentices will apply their learning and develop their skills from the very start, combining both theoretical and practical abilities.
Our facilities in Gloucester for Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships
Our amazing motor vehicle facilities and workshops at our Gloucester campus provide apprentices with the optimal environment to train and learn, mentored by seasoned industry experts. We have the latest diagnostic kits, specially designed rigs and a wide variety of makes and models of cars for apprentices to work on.
Support for employers
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.
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.
Support for motor vehicle apprentices
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.
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.
Costs and funding to recruit a motor vehicle apprentice
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.
Frequently asked questions from employers about recruiting motor vehicle apprentices
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 does an apprenticeship cost?
Apprenticeship training is completely free if your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16-18-year-old. Get in touch with our team for full funding information.
How much should I pay my apprentice?
From April 2023, the national minimum wage for an apprentice is £5.28. The vast majority of our employers offer apprentices more than this but our advisers are on hand to guide you.
How do I recruit an apprentice for my business?
If you would like to recruit an apprentice, simply get in touch with our Employer Training & Apprenticeships 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 will support you by advertising 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 anonymous applicants.
If your business has your own recruitment processes and polices, we will be happy 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.
I need apprentices for accounting, business administration, HR or Marketing. Can you help with this too?
Yes! At Gloucestershire College, we provide a wide range of apprenticeship programmes to help with all aspects of your business. Contact our team today for more information.
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.