It is impossible to predict every type of enquiry, but we’ve listed a few common ones here with answers which should be helpful, if you'd like further assistance, please visit our careers page.
It is impossible to predict every type of enquiry, but we’ve listed a few common ones here with answers which should be helpful. If you'd like further assistance, please visit our careers page.
Design and engineering roles (as well as other jobs connected with motor manufacturing) are not part of the retail motor industry. However other organisations can advise further – especially:
This depends on the type of job you want, you need to decide on this first. Between the ages of 16 and 19 you can get your training costs paid for in England on an apprenticeship, which is available for many disciplines including maintenance and repair, fast fit and body repair technicians.
You may wish to stay on at school with a view to developing skills for specialised areas such as business studies, leading to management perhaps or marketing, which you could also study at university.
The industry needs people across a huge range of functions, for more information on qualifications and entry routes visit our World of Work.
An apprenticeship means you study at a college one to two days a week, towards a ‘technical certificate’ while working towards an NVQ / VCQ or SVQ, which proves that you can apply these skills in the workplace (where you spend the rest of your time on placement with an employer).
An apprenticeship is fully funded up to the age of 19. Between the ages of 19-24 it may be partially funded (though this varies in some areas of England).
Beyond 24 there is no funding for training or apprenticeships in the motor industry in England.
You can also do apprenticeships in non-technical areas like sales.
You can get on an apprenticeship by identifying a local college or other training provider who can pair you with an employer looking for apprentices in the area. Many manufacturers also run their own apprenticeship programmes, details of these can usually be found on their websites.
Although minimum qualifications aren’t always stipulated, because of the technical complexity of modern vehicles, Maths, English and Science at GCSE A-C or the equivalent are desirable.
Scottish Standard Grades are a recommended minimum.
You can break down the parts of the retail motor industry six ways:
There are technical roles for people who like to use their hands and work with technology and also office-based roles throughout as people are needed in finance, marketing, sales, customer service and administration.
Yes. Many skills needed in the motor industry are transferable, like management skills, customer service skills, IT skills and so on. Even technical skills can be of great use, for example those gained in the aviation industry can be adapted by re-training. Employers may need convincing so be prepared to help them understand exactly how your skills can be of use to them
This is not the case at all, although at present there are certainly more men than women employed. There is huge demand for more females in the workforce and it makes sense, when you realise that the majority of private car buyers are in fact women. Many businesses are actively looking to recruit more women.
Yes, the motor industry needs graduates and experienced people to manage the industry and develop ideas which can take businesses forward. Visit our jobs page here for details of some graduate opportunites currently being advertised.
Most opportunities are in manufacturing and head office roles with manufacturers – SEMTA will be able to advise further on these.