Apprentice
Zone

Explore our Apprentice Zone to find lots of useful information about what it's really like to be a Vehicle Repair Industry Apprentice. You'll see real-life stories from existing and newly-qualified Apprentices and get useful tips and advice from the AutoRaise team.

Meet Emily.

FAQs

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

An Apprenticeship is a job that is combined with training. An Apprentice is employed and learns job-related skills or a specific trade from a skilled employer over a fixed period of time (the minimum being 12 months).

An Apprentice is entitled to a national minimum wage but often earns a wage in excess of this. They are also entitled to holiday pay. Apprentices would normally work for four days for the employer and do classroom based training for one day a week, either on site or at a training provider centre, although individual setups may vary depending on the employer and/or the training provider.

All Apprenticeships combine work with training and learning, and you will gain nationally recognised competency and knowledge-based qualifications.

For more information, please look around the website and get in touch with a member of the AutoRaise team.

HOW WILL AN APPRENTICESHIP BENEFIT ME?

Apprenticeships give aspiring professionals the real world experience they need to get the edge in the job market, and will show employers that you can hit the ground running!

An Apprenticeship is an excellent way of gaining essential experience. Below are more reasons why an Apprenticeship may be the best post-16 choice for you.

  • Earn while you learn
  • No university tuition fee debts
  • Practical and relevant experience
  • Guidance and support
  • Strengthen your CV
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Progress within a business
  • Low or no cost between the ages of 16 - 23
  • Become an essential part of the team

HOW LONG DOES AN APPRENTICESHIP TAKE?

The average length of time to complete an apprenticeship is 2-4 years, although this can vary depending on your choice of trade and the range of skills you can learn with your current employer.

WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

The qualification requirements will differ depending on employer - some may require higher grades at GCSE level than others. We recommend you apply and register with us irrelevant of what grades you gained at GCSE level. We will then be able to contact you and advise you of the employer's requirements and when other vacancies become available in your area.
The following general skills will also be beneficial:
  • Strong communications skills
  • The ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • The ability to maintain quality under pressure
  • Awareness of safety procedures

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO GO TO COLLEGE?

This will depend on the arrangements your employer has with your training provider, though there will be classroom based learning. Options include workplace based training, weekly college visits or in some cases, block release learning where you will be studying at a residential college.

HOW MUCH CAN I EARN?

From 1st October 2016 an apprentice will earn a minimum of £3.40 per hour. This is a minimum salary and some employers may choose to pay more. Once you are qualified you can expect to earn around £16,000 – £20,000 per year.

As you gain further experience and training you can expect this salary to rise. There will also be opportunities for shift and overtime pay dependent on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement and other benefits such as company pensions and healthcare schemes.

The figures shown are a guide only and can vary with each employer. They may also vary depending on geographical location.

DO I HAVE TO BE EMPLOYED?

Yes. All Apprenticeships combine work with training and learning, and you will gain nationally recognised competency and knowledge-based qualifications. An Apprentice is employed and learns job-related skills or a specific trade from a skilled employer over a fixed period of time (the minimum being 12 months).

Apprentices would normally work for four days for the employer and do classroom based training for one day a week, either on site or at a training provider centre, although individual setups may vary depending on the employer and/or the training provider.

CAN I CHOOSE A SPECIALIST AREA?

This will depend on what disciplines your employer wants you to learn. You can indicate your preference but your employer will guide you on this. The AutoRaise multi-skilled apprenticeship involves you learning all aspects of vehicle repair, e.g. paint, panel and mechanical/electrical/trim. At the end of your Apprenticeship, you and your employer will decide which specialism you will follow for further learning. There are also single-discipline Apprenticeships in each of the three main disciplines and others too.

WILL I GAIN RECOGNISED QUALIFICATIONS?

Every Apprenticeship is certified and in most cases, you can achieve a fail, pass, merit or distinction. Each Apprenticeship Programme has its own qualification levels but in any case, you will receive a certificate from the Independent National Institute for Apprentices that demonstrates your ability and this will be accepted by all employers in the Vehicle Repair industry.

AM I GUARANTEED A JOB AFTER THE APPRENTICESHIP?

No. It is up to the employer to offer you a permanent role and this is dependent upon the requirements of the business and your performance throughout your Apprenticeship. Commitment, attitude and enthusiasm will improve your chances and those who are not offered jobs will have a CV, qualification and experience that will make them very attractive to other companies.

MEET EMILY

Emily Monk was the first woman to enrol on an AutoRaise multi-skill apprenticeship back in 2014, at the age of 21. Having always been interested in cars (and painting in particular), Emily studied for a City & Guilds Diploma at City of Bristol College before embarking on the multi-skill apprenticeship programme at our South-West training provider, S&B Automotive Academy. She is now nearing completion of a Level 3 qualification focusing on Paint. “This was a great opportunity for me” Emily explains. “I have always loved cars and get huge satisfaction from playing my part in completing a repaired vehicle. I worked alongside three painters at Platinum, all of whom helped me to put into practice what I learnt at College.”

Having been involved with the industry for nearly three years, and winning AutoRaise Apprentice of the Year at the 2015 British Bodyshop Awards, Emily is absolutely confident she has made the right career decision. “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone” she explains. “After completing my City & Guilds, I simply couldn't get a job - the reason given was always that I didn't have any experience. Doing my apprenticeship meant that I was getting essential practical experience alongside my classroom learning and I immediately felt like a valued member of my bodyshop's team. The support given by the older guys has been brilliant - they are always on hand to help me out or answer questions when I need to ask. My advice to anyone would be go to an AutoRaise event and give Vehicle Repair a go!”

Emily Monk 2015 AutoRaise Apprentice of th Year