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Did you know?

  • There are 150+ job roles available

  • In 9 subsectors: body repair, fast fit, motorcycle, light vehicle, heavy vehicle, leasing & renting, mobile and specialist

  • Workplaces include: office, workshops, reception, parts department, showroom and mobile

  • Over 570,000 people are employed in the UK automotive industry

  • Salaries range from £6K as an apprentice to £100K+ as a Dealer Principle


Options after GCSE’s

Pupils who now leave school following Year 11 in the summer of 2014 onwards must continue in education until the minimum of their 18th birthday.  This does not mean young people must stay in school, they can choose from:

  • Full time education at school

  • Full time education at college

  • An apprenticeship

  • A traineeship

  • Part time education or training combined with either 1) employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week 2) volunteering for 20 hours or more a week


The next steps

Full time College


  • At college for 2 ½ days a week leaving time in the week for a part time job
  • Larger environment to school with more options
  • Different people, ages and backgrounds at a college campus
  • More mature environment to school
  • No uniform



  • Timetable will not be as structured as school with some days being full days and some half a day



  • Level 1 = 1 year at college for 2 and a half days a week
  • Level 2 = year at college for 2 and a half days a week



An apprenticeship is a real job with training which allows the young person to earn while they learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.  Apprenticeships take between 1 and 5 years to complete and are available up to degree level and beyond.   Whilst there are no set entry requirements for an apprenticeships most look for 5x GCSE’s at grade C or above and a passion for the industry.

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  • Earn a wage while you learn
  • Practical experience with either 4 days a week at work and 1 day at college or ‘Block release’ with 3 months at work and 1 week at college
  • No debt as if you are under 24 the government covers your training costs
  • Learn on the job as you build skill sand knowledge in a specific area of interest



  • Wages range from: 21 and over £6.70 per hour, 18-20 £5.30, Under 18 £3.87, Apprentice under 19 or in the first year of apprenticeship £3.30
  • You will be straight into the workplace at 16 and some may find this slightly daunting. 


Time and entry criteria

  • Intermediate: 12-18 months Level 2: equivalent to GCSEs, A* to C grades or Scottish National 5
  • Advanced: 24 months Level 3: equivalent to A-Levels or Scottish Highers
  • Higher Level 4: equivalent to HNDs or foundation degrees


Apprenticeship routes available are: Vehicle body and paint, Vehicle parts, Vehicle maintenance and repair, Vehicle fitting, Vehicle sales, Business and Administration, Customer service and Accounting.


Planning the next steps

There are 3 main steps in planning your careers and they are:

  1. Reflecting on what you enjoy doing and why, what your strengths are, what interest you along with what you don’t enjoy and your weaknesses.

  2. Exploring and finding out about different courses, training schemes, jobs and your options for your next step.

  3. Planning and getting more information by prioritising what is important to you in the future and mapping your strengths to the right career path for you.

Step 1  Ask the questions below and then prioritise the answers to get a better picture of what is really important moving forward.

  • What are your interests?
  • What are your skills?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your personal qualities?
  • How do you like to learn?


Step 2  Explore the different careers and options available within the Retail Automotive industry by using our career planning tools on Autocity

List the job roles they find most appealing and why.  Also list the different routes available to get into these job roles.


Step 3  Its now time to start making a plan, look at the top 3 job roles they are interested in and see what these job roles involve. 

  • Can they start the job role straight from school?

  • What qualifications do they need?

  • What routes are available to start this career?

When you have this information the next step is to put it into practice by visiting your local college to speak to them about possible courses and applying for apprenticeship vacancies online.

Finally, always have a back up plan, just in case. 


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