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Volvo Cars Apprenticeship programme

We have gathered together a list of frequently asked questions to help you choose the right Volvo Cars apprenticeship for you.

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What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with classroom learning. They provide you with all the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career and can lead to nationally recognised qualifications.
As a Volvo apprentice, you will be employed full-time at an authorised Volvo dealership. You will receive training through a day or block release programme at the Volvo Training & Development Centre (TDC) in Daventry, England, or through training partners for specific programmes not delivered at Daventry. Volvo Cars apprenticeship programmes are delivered through a combination of learning methods, including trainer-led, online and webinar. All assessments are carried out in the normal working environment by visiting assessors. Apprenticeships are co-funded by the Skills Funding Agency, Skills for Scotland and the Welsh Assembly Government and the Volvo dealer.

Can anyone do an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship training is aimed at people aged 16-24 who have not already completed a qualification in a similar type of work. It is always advisable to check first, however, as you may be able to complete a level 3 qualification even if you have a level 2 qualification in a similar subject.
In Scotland, 16–19 year olds are given priority to apprenticeships. On some occasions, though, funding can become available for the 20+ age group in some occupational sectors.

What does a Volvo Cars apprenticeship involve?
A Volvo Cars apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with a day release or block release training programme. Day release training is carried out in the dealership with a visiting assessor. Block release training is held at Volvo Cars Training & Development Centre (TDC) in Daventry, England. Volvo Cars apprenticeships also offer both online and webinar learning, which allows you to conveniently access training material and remain in your place of employment.
Volvo apprenticeships also offer both online and webinar learning where the learner will be able access training and remain in their place of employment.
As a Volvo Cars apprentice, you will be fully employed by a Volvo dealer and will be entitled to the same employee rights and benefits as the other employees. You will be paid for your time – both in the work place and when receiving training elsewhere. Once your apprenticeship has been completed, you will receive a recognised qualification within your chosen field and will have gained valuable experience that can help you successfully progress your career.

How much does a Volvo Cars apprentice earn?
The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 years of age and apprentices aged 19 or over who are in their first year of training.
Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year of training must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.
The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18–20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and any training that is part of their apprenticeship – usually one day per week. But this can vary from employer to employer as they may choose to pay more and offer other benefits to the apprentice.

Are my travel costs covered by my employer?
Travel costs and accommodation are covered by the employer for compulsory training carried out in Daventry at the Volvo Training & Development Centre (TDC).

What time of year do Volvo Cars apprenticeships begin?
An apprenticeship can begin at any time of year. Apprentices undertaking Vehicle Parts or Customer Service qualifications will begin their learning programme within the first 2 months of starting work.
Apprentices undertaking Technical or Body & Paint qualifications can also begin at any time, but their practical group training will usually begin between June and December, depending on the group they are assigned to.

How do I apply for a Volvo Cars apprenticeship?
To apply for a Volvo Cars Apprenticeship, simply click the ‘apply now’ button on the apprenticeship homepage. The apprenticeship homepage can be found here.

When will I find out if I have been accepted for a Volvo Cars apprenticeship?
The employment process can vary in length from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the volume of applications received and how busy the participating dealerships are.

Once you have completed and submitted your application online, a member of our Recruitment Team will contact those applicants who have met the entry requirements and answered the application questions satisfactorily.

Candidates will then be screened through a 15-minute phone interview where they will discuss their application and the apprenticeship programme. Candidates will also have the opportunity to ask any questions.

Candidates will also complete online assessments in Maths, English and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to ensure they are on a sufficient current working level for the training requirements.

Applications will be sent to the vacancy contact at the dealership. It is the vacancy contact at the dealership who makes the final decision regarding who to invite for a face-to-face interview.
Candidates may attend more than one face-to-face interview. They may even undertake a trial shift as part of the final decision-making process. Usually, candidates will receive an answer within one week. This can sometimes take longer, however, depending on the Volvo dealer.

If your application has been successful, the Volvo dealership where you will be employed will arrange a date for your apprenticeship to begin. If you have been unsuccessful in your application this time, we will discuss any other opportunities that may be open to you and give you advice on what to do next.

How long does a Volvo Cars apprenticeship last?
Apprenticeship programmes typically take a minimum of 12 months to complete, but some programmes can take up to 40 months depending on the type of the apprenticeship. At this time, no apprenticeship programmes can be completed in less than 12 months.

What qualifications does a Volvo Cars apprenticeship give me?
Apprenticeship Qualifications are grouped into levels from entry level to level 7. At Volvo Cars, we currently offer Apprenticeships at level 2 and level 3. These have equivalent educational levels as follows:
Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
At the end of your Apprenticeship you will receive a certificate awarded by Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which is a nationally recognised qualification. Our programmes also include Volvo specific qualification. For example, our Advanced Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance technician (light vehicle) Apprenticeship includes achieving a Volvo Level 2 Service & Repair Technician certification.
Qualifications available on the Volvo Apprentice Programme include:
Level 3 - Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician [light vehicle] VRQ and VCQ Level 2 – Multi-skilled Vehicle Collision and Repair that progresses to a Level 3 in either Vehicle Body Repair or Refinishing VCQ Level 2 and Level 3 – Vehicle Parts VCQ Level 2 and Level 3 – Customer Service

Will I be able to continue working at the dealership after completing my apprenticeship?
This depends on the Volvo dealer. If you have performed well during your apprenticeship the dealer may employ you, but this cannot be guaranteed. Regardless, at the end of the apprenticeship you will have gained a practical qualification and valuable experience, which can help you find future employment within your chosen field.

Can I study full-time and complete a Volvo Cars apprenticeship?
No. Apprenticeships are designed as an alternative to full-time study. As a Volvo Cars’ apprentice, you will be required to work full-time at the Volvo dealership.

How does training and assessment work while training at the Volvo Cars training centre?
For block release programmes, theory training (Technical Certificate) is delivered by the Volvo Apprentice Programme at the Volvo Training & Development Centre (TDC) in Daventry, England. Practical assessments (NVQ/VRQ) will be carried out by a visiting assessor at the dealership where you are employed. Functional Skills will be completed with the Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme assessor.

Am I entitled to holidays during my apprenticeship?
Yes. As an apprentice with Volvo Cars, you will be entitled to the same benefits as other employees.

Can I choose which dealership I would like to work in?
All Volvo Cars apprenticeships are advertised on behalf of a Volvo dealer. It is up to you to decide whether the company and working environment are right for you. You can view the latest vacancies by clicking here.

What happens if I am made redundant during my apprenticeship?
If you are made redundant during your apprenticeship, inform the Volvo Apprentice Programme or your assessor right away. The Volvo Apprentice Programme will give you advice on what to do next and try to help you find alternative employment, where you can hopefully continue your apprenticeship.

What should I do if I experience any problems during my apprenticeship?
If you experience any problems during your apprenticeship, you can always talk to your manager or your visiting assessor.
If you have an issue at your workplace, you should first discuss it with your manager to see if the problem can be resolved. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you should contact your assessor.
If there is an issue regarding training and assessments, speak directly to your assessor to see if there is any additional support that they can offer to ensure you are getting the most out of your apprenticeship.

How many hours will I work per week?
Typically, you will work between 30-40 hours per week. You may have the opportunity to work overtime, but this will depend on your employer. A normal working week will be Monday-Friday, but this may differ due to the requirements of the business you are working in. You may need to work shifts, evenings, weekends and public holidays.
Your working hours will be clearly explained to you by your employer during the recruitment process and during your induction to the company.

What are the entry requirements for the Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme?
The entry requirements for the Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme are as follows:

• Aged 16-23
• Have GCSE Grade A–C, or Grades 4–9 in both Maths & English or Science Scottish Certificate of Education Standard 3 or above.
• Complete simple aptitude tests in English, Maths and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to ensure you are working at the required level for your chosen Apprentice Programme.
• Have a passion for the automotive industry
• Be committed to completing a 3-year programme
• Be hungry to learn and pursue further qualifications
• Be looking for an exciting role within a dynamic company

I gained my qualifications abroad. Am I still eligible for the Volvo Cars apprenticeship programme?
If you have completed your studies outside of the UK, the Volvo Apprentice Programme will have to check if you are eligible to undertake an apprenticeship.
If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or qualifications, please contact us at volvoapprentice@volvocars.com. We will then check to make sure you are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship.

I have a degree. Can I still apply for a Volvo Cars apprenticeship?
As a degree is a higher qualification than an apprenticeship, you would not be eligible for the funding required to train as an apprentice.