Today, the Volvo brand is stronger and more ambitious than ever. Now, we would like you to join us on the next exciting stage of our journey. The Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme is the first step.
What is the Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme?
Apprenticeships are an exciting and challenging opportunity to receive formal training and gain recognised qualifications whilst in full-time employment. You learn on the job from experienced colleagues to gain job-specific skills. Volvo apprentices also attend the Volvo Car UK Training & Development Centre to work towards a nationally recognised professional qualification in their chosen career path.
Key benefits of a Volvo Cars Apprenticeship:
• Earn a salary
• Get paid holidays
• Receive Volvo-specific training
• Gain qualifications
• Learn job-specific skills
The Volvo Dealer network really values our Apprenticeship Programme. They know that when our apprentices graduate, they have the skills they need to be a real asset to their business.
Each individual apprenticeship programme lasts from 1–3 years and is designed to provide you with all the necessary knowledge, expertise and experience you need to succeed in your chosen speciality.
As a Volvo Cars apprentice, you will be employed full-time at an authorised Volvo dealership for the duration of your chosen apprenticeship programme. Here, you will work as an integral part of the team, which will give you the opportunity to learn new skills and gain valuable dealership experience.
20% of an apprentice’s time is spent on training and developing new skills – this will either be in the dealership or at the Volvo Cars Training and Development Centre in Daventry. As well as gaining important practical experience, you will also be studying for a nationally recognised technical certificate.
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 the following equivalent educational levels:
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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 qualifications. For example, our Advanced Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance technician (light vehicle) apprenticeship includes achieving a Volvo Level 2 Service & Repair Technician certification.
What are the additional benefits of the Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme?
Employers value apprenticeships as they show that you possess the right attitude and level of dedication required. When you complete the Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme, you will able to show future employers that you have the necessary skills and qualifications needed to succeed in your chosen speciality.
The Volvo Cars Apprenticeship programme is designed specifically for Volvo dealers. All training is carried out by our dedicated Volvo Apprentice Programme team in modern facilities using the latest Volvo products and technology. This unique approach reassures Volvo dealers that apprentices who graduate from the programme will be highly skilled. This, in turn, gives them the confidence to grow their own team from within the Volvo organisation rather than recruiting from outside.
There is also the opportunity to progress on to higher level programmes, either part-time or full-time with your employer's help and support. Volvo retailers offer plenty of opportunities for personal development. The Volvo Cars Performance Academy, which includes e-learning, online and instructor-led courses, leads to ongoing certifications and qualifications, while our new state-of-the-art training centre ensures everyone has the opportunity to develop and grow alongside the Volvo brand.
How long does it take to complete a Volvo Cars Apprenticeship?
The time it takes to complete an apprenticeship with Volvo Cars depends on the role. After all, each role is unique and requires different levels of skill, training and experience. Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months, whereas our Apprentice Technician Programme takes 3 years.
Supporting you every step of the way
Over the course of the apprenticeship programme, our dedicated Apprentice Programme Team are there to offer you support and monitor your progress every step of the way. You will be assigned your own training instructor and your own assessor, who will work closely with you and your employer to make sure you maximise your full potential.
But what if I have more questions?
The Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme is an important first step on the path to a new career. So, it’s only natural you will want to have as much information as possible before choosing which programme is right for you. To help you make the right choice, we have gathered together a list of frequently asked questions.