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Hi. You’ve found iwantobea.com. A new website which will help you find your dream job in the Motor Industry. Whatever you want to be, iwantobea.com will show you companies who are hiring for Apprentices and Graduates in your area.

You might already know what you want to be or what type of job you want to do, but iwantobea.com has been designed to show you everything that is available. It is not a jobs listing website which only shows jobs that are currently being advertised until they are filled.

iwantobea.com will always show you companies in all areas of the Motor Industry which take on Apprentices and Graduates in a variety of roles across the business. You will discover what roles are available, what qualifications are required, and when you need to apply, because many Apprenticeships and Graduate Jobs are often advertised several months or even a year in advance.  iwantobea.com will help you find those companies so you can plan for your future. But most importantly, iwantobea.com will provide you with a direct link to the company’s recruitment page so you can apply directly to the employer, without having to go through a recruitment agency and wondering if the company even received your CV.

iwantobea.com will put you in direct contact with a whole range of companies in your area you never even imagined existed, putting you in Pole Position for a Fast Track Career in the Motor Industry. Take a look at some example jobs below and then search for an Apprenticeship or a Graduate Job from the menu above.

Good luck!

Volkswagen Apprenticeship - Volkswagen Service Technician
Apprenticeship - Design Studio Engineer - Clay Modelling
iwantobea - Car Designer

Imagine sculpting a full-size clay model of the car of the future. Unleash your creativity and design an iconic supercar. Car Designers are the Rock Stars of the Motor Industry.

Aston Martin Graduate Jobs - Motor Sport Engineer
iwantobea - Motor Sport Engineer

Everyone wants to work in F1 as a member of the pit crew. Or designing a race-winning engine for a Le Mans 24hr Endurance car. Motor Sport Engineers often get to travel the world in pursuit of victory.

MINI Apprenticeships - Mini Mechanical Engineer Apprentices
iwantobea - Mechanical Engineer

Work at the cutting edge of technology to bring life to machines by fabricating and manufacturing things. Mechanical Engineers invent new ways of using existing technology to bring new benefits to the market.

Volkswagen Apprenticeship - Volkswagen Service Technician
iwantobea - Service Technician

Learn how to service and maintain all manner of cars, motorbikes, vans, buses and trucks - or anything else which has an engine. Service Technicians breathe new life into transport that people rely on every day.

MINI Apprenticeships - MINI Body Repair & Paint Apprentices 02
iwantobea - Body & Paint Technician

Think of these jobs as the Plastic Surgeons of the Motor Industry. Body and Paint Technicians can take a car which has had a hard life and give it a face lift and a nip & tuck to make it as good as new again.

Halfords Apprenticeship - Halfords Service & Parts Advisor
iwantobea - Service & Parts Advisor

These are the Worker Bees, going out and fetching the pollen and bringing it back to the Hive for others to make honey. Service & Parts Advisors are an essential part of the smooth operation of a successful business.

WHAT ARE

Apprenticeships

If you want to leave school at 16 and start your career with a structured 2 or 3 year on-the-job training programme that leads to a professional, industry-recognised qualification, then search for “Apprenticeships” from the menu above.

The Motor Industry offers a wide and diverse range of Apprenticeships, with technical roles such as a Service Technician in a car dealership down the road from you, a Production Engineer at the Honda Plant in Oxford, or as Wood & Trim Craftsperson with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood.

There are also Apprenticeships in non-technical roles for those with an interest in Marketing, Sales, PR, IT, Human Resources, Finance, Purchasing, Logistics and many more. Companies like Renishaw or Ricardo offer Apprenticeships in Design and Development, while GKN Driveline offers Apprenticeships in Finance and Accounting, Quality, Communications, Legal, Health, Safety and Environment, Human Resources, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

Vauxhall Apprenticeships - Vauxhall Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship 01
Bosch Graduate Jobs - Female Engineer
WHAT ARE

Graduate Jobs

If you plan to stay on to complete your A-levels and then go to University to earn a degree,  and you want to know what jobs will be available when you complete your 3 or 4 years of further study, then choose “Graduate Jobs” from the menu above.

Most people only think of the headline companies like Aston Martin or Jaguar Land Rover when they search for Graduate Jobs in the Motor Industry, but there are many, many more companies who offer interesting and exciting jobs for Graduates of all disciplines.

For example, there are Engineering companies who are working at the cutting edge of technology in the race to develop new hybrid and electric powertrains for the next generation of environmentally-friendly cars. There are Heavy Plant companies like Caterpillar, Cummins Engines, DAV Trucks and JCB - ideal for those who like to play with really BIG toys.

“The Apprenticeship offers many challenges and opportunities and there is always someone there to support you. It’s been a great experience and it’s given me a real insight into the automotive industry. It’s slowly introduced me to the ‘world of work’, all while getting paid and improving my skills.”

Molly Cartwright, Apprentice, Jaguar Land Rover

“Niftylift was the only company where I could rotate through the different disciplines of engineering, from Mechanical Assembling, Production Support, New Product Development, Design and Modelling to Quality Assurance. This allowed me to have a better understanding of where my strengths were, and where I could pursue and progress my career once I completed my apprenticeship.”

Satish Patel, Technician Apprentice, Niftylift

“The Graduate Program at Grainger and Worrall includes a rotation between several main departments, giving invaluable insight into these different areas including how they operate, the services which they provide, and how they interact and support other departments. Understanding how all the various areas interact and support one another is critical, and allows for a more in depth understanding of the company and industry as a whole.”

Ben Punchard, Graduate Engineer, Grainger & Worrall

It's a great opportunity as you earn while you learn right from the start, which gives you freedom in your personal life to do the things that you enjoy. This has allowed me to buy my first car that I have worked on and done up to a high spec which has given me a sense of pride in what I have achieved. You also receive a toolbox when you first start which supports the training programme, and all your travel expenses are paid for too.

Lucy Lockett, Renault/Dacia Warrington.

“With MIRA being such a large organisation, that is continually expanding, I felt as though they would be able to help me grow and develop all the skills I need to become a great engineer. MIRA also has an excellent reputation in the automotive and engineering industries, therefore I knew if I were to embark on an apprenticeship there, I would be learning from some of the best people in the business.”

Emma Harris, EMC Apprentice, Horiba Mira
HERE ARE ANSWERS TO SOME FREQUETLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Apprenticeships:

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a full-time paid job for young people who want to learn skills and to earn qualifications by learning “on-the-job” instead of going to University. You will “earn while you learn”, with a basic salary from day one of your Apprenticeship, but will also be required to complete up to 8 weeks of classroom training each year depending on the specific role. You should be mentored by an experienced member of staff during your Apprenticeship, and your progress will be reviewed regularly to ensure you are learning the right skills and are heading towards successful completion of the Apprenticeship standards to be award a final qualification.

How old do I have to be to apply for an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships used to be restricted to 16-19 year olds, as the Government would only provide funding for the training for this age group. However, under the new Apprenticeship framework, funding is now available for any age group meaning that those over 19 can also apply for an Apprenticeship. The reality, however, is that companies are still focused on attracting school-leavers looking for their first job so that the Apprentice can be trained from the very beginning of their career in a way that meets the business needs, instead of having to retrain someone who already has years of experience elsewhere.

What qualifications do I need for an Apprenticeship in the Motor Industry?

The minimum requirement for an Apprenticeship in the Motor Industry tends to at least 2 GCSEs, of at least Grade C in English and Maths, but it will depend on the role and the company. For example, for a Service Technician Apprentice at Fiat or Alfa Romeo, you only need 2 GCSEs, but the same role at Aston Martin requires 4 GCSEs. Companies also like to see GCSEs in Science or a similar subject, and some companies are flexible on the minimum requirements if you can demonstrate a particular passion or ability for which there is no GCSE offered.

Do I have to pay for my training during an Apprenticeship?

No. All of the training costs are covered the Government through the Apprenticeship Levy. When an Apprentice attends a College or Training Centre during the Apprenticeship period, the Employer should provide or cover the cost of transport to and from the College or Training Centre, including any accommodation for block release training which often includes a week away from home and work.

How much can I earn as an Apprentice?

Apprentices have to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, although many employers increase the hourly rate after the first year of the Apprenticeship. You will be employed directly by a company which pays your salary, so you need to ask that company what their rates of pay are for Apprentices when you attend an interview or an open-day. Once you have completed your Apprenticeship and are a fully-qualified member of the team, you should then earn the same as any other employee for your age and ability.

Will I get a job at the end of my Apprenticeship?

While there are no absolute guarantees that the company who takes you on as an Apprentice will give you a full-time job at the end of your 2 or 3 year training period, it is important to understand that the company’s intention is to do exactly that. After investing a significant amount of money each year to fund your training, as well as the time for other members of staff to teach you on the job, it would be foolish for a company to let you go and work for a competitor. Most companies who take on Apprentices today do so in the expectation that they will need more staff in the future, so they are investing in training someone today for a full-time job 2 or 3 years down the road.

How long is an Apprenticeship?

Most Apprenticeships in the Motor Industry are for either 2 years or 3 years. For example, Service Advisor or Parts Advisor Apprenticeships in a Car Dealership tend to be 2 years, while more technical roles such as Service Technician or Body Repair and Paint Technician Apprentice require more training so take 3 years. There are also even more technical roles which can take 4 years or more, depending on the employer and the final qualification being awarded.

What Apprenticeships are available in the Motor Industry?

Most people’s perception of an Apprenticeship in the Motor Industry is of a “Car Mechanic” in a car dealership. Those roles are now called “Service Technicians”, but there are many, many more Apprenticeships available in many different areas of the business, including: Design, Clay Modelling or Interior Trim; Mechanical or Electrical Engineering; Purchasing and Logistics; Finance and HR; Sales, Marketing and PR; or even Insurance or IT. There are hundreds of companies in the Motor Industry. One of them will have an Apprenticeship waiting for you.

What qualifications will I achieve when I complete my Apprenticeship?

The specific qualifications will depend on the Apprenticeship itself, not only whether it is an Intermediate, Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship, but which organisation “accredits” the Apprenticeship. The main accrediting body for the Motor Industry is the Institute of the Motor Industry, better known as the IMI, as they are the organisation which defines the standards you must achieve and they are the ones who will present you with a certificate at the end of the Apprenticeship. There are a few other accrediting organisations, but the principle is the same. Regardless of whether your Apprenticeship is accredited by the IMI or another organisation, your qualifications will be to a nationally-recognised industry standard, and will be transferable to another employer, just like a GCSE or a University Degree.

What are the differences between Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?

Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2) are equivalent to 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C and will provide you with the functional skills and knowledge for a particular role. Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3) are equivalent to 2 A-levels and provide you with a greater degree of functional skills and knowldge for a particular role. Higher Apprenticeships (Levels 4 to 7) require a much higher degree of competency, both in terms of functional skills and knowledge, and these Apprenticeships often take more than 3 years due to the level of training required. A Degree Apprenticeship (Levels 6 and 7) are designed to provide you with the highest level of technical skills and knowledge for a particular role, and are often completed in partnership with a University who awards the Degree at the end of the Apprenticeship.

What are the career prospects for an Apprentice further down the road?

Very good. There are countless examples of people who started their career in the Motor Industry as an Apprentice and who have progressed to much more senior roles in the industry. It is very common for Apprentices from “technical” roles to progress through the business, for example Service Technicians often become Service Managers or Directors of Aftersales businesses. But the growth of Apprenticeships in “non-technical” roles such as Finance and HR, Purchasing and Logistics, or Marketing and PR, means that there are also excellent career prospects for Apprentices in other areas of the Motor Industry.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

You may have heard the term “Apprenticeship Levy”. This is a recent change to the way the Government funds the costs of Apprenticeships, and it is not something you need to be worried about. It simply refers to the way that all employers must now pay a small percentage (0.5%) of the company’s entire wage bill to the Government, regardless of whether the company employs Apprentices or not. The Government then uses all the money collected through the Apprenticeship Levy to pay for the training of Apprenticeship schemes which meet certain Government standards. This money goes to the Colleges which provide the staff and training facilities for the classroom based training during your Apprenticeship.

Regarding Graduate Schemes:

What is a Graduate Job or a Graduate Scheme?

A Graduate Job or a Graduate Scheme is a structured training programme for a recent College or University Graduate in a permanent role with a company for a fixed period of time. Graduate Schemes are designed to attract the best candidates who can demonstrate leadership potential, and they will follow a training programme which will follow a “Fast Track” to a role of responsibility for a department or project, with many becoming Managers of departments upon completion of the fixed period of the training programme.

How long are most Graduate Schemes?

Most Graduate Schemes in the Motor Industry are for a period of 2 or 3 years, although a few can stretch to 4 years depending on company and the specific role. During this period, you will be expected to work in various departments within the company so that you can learn about how the overall organisation works, and how the different departments operate and interact with each other. It also gives you the chance to “try before you buy” if you are not quite sure exactly what it is you want to do. If you work in 4 different departments for 6 months each, you will almost certainly find that you prefer one department over another and your preferences should be taken into account at the end of the Graduate Scheme when the company decides in which department to offer you a permanent position.

Will I be guaranteed a permanent job at the end of the Graduate Scheme?

It is important to understand that the companies offering jobs to Graduates through a structured training and mentoring programme do so with the full intention of offering successful candidates a permanent role with the company on completion of the programme. After investing several years training and mentoring Graduates, it does not make sense for the company to turn you away and see you walk into a competitor’s business with 3 years worth of knowledge about how their operation works. But it is ultimately down to you to demonstrate that you deserve being offered such a role, so you will need to work hard and offer to do any task available to demonstrate your commitment to the company.

Will I get paid during a Graduate Job?

Yes, most Graduate Jobs are based on a full-time employment contract for a fixed period of time. You will receive a competitive salary and other benefits depending on the employer and the particular role. Salaries for Graduate Jobs in the Motor Industry are very competitive, with companies having to offer higher salaries to attract the best candidates, with salaries ranging from just over £20,000 per year, to some as high as more than £30,000 per year.

What other benefits are there with a Graduate Job?

It depends on the individual employer, but the majority of the car manufacturers offer Graduates a company car or a subsidised car scheme, with new cars often replaced every 6 months or a year. You may think that’s a nice thing for them to do, and it is, because you get to drive a brand new car every few months and never have to worry about reliability or servicing costs. But it is also designed to increase the number of cars registered each year, so it is an important part of a brand’s Sales strategy, for employees to regularly change their cars. Some companies offer pension contributions, gym membership, subsidised tickets to events or other activities with partner companies or local organisations.

What qualifications are required for a Graduate Job in the Motor Industry?

While specific qualifications may vary from role to role, or company to company, a general rule is that you should achieve at least a 2.1 degree in a subject relevant to your chosen area of study. For technical jobs such as Engineering, Design or Manufacturing, you will need to have studied in a particular subject area in order to be able to qualify, while for non-technical roles such as Finance, HR or Purchasing and Logistics, you should have a degree in a related Business field, but will need to demonstrate how the knowledge learned can transfer over to the job for which you are applying.

When can I apply for a Graduate Job?

Some people think you should apply for a Graduate Job when you have completed, or nearly completed your University Degree course. But this is far too late and you will have missed the best opportunities if you want to go straight from University and into employment. A large number of companies open up their Graduate Recruitment programme around October to December the year before successful Graduates take up roles with the company the following September. Companies are all competing for the best Graduates, so the ones which start earlier have the best chance of securing the best candidates. Be sure that you are one of the chosen ones, and plan when you should apply by doing your research on Graduate Jobs on iwantobea.com.

Can I take a year out after University before starting a Graduate Job?

It will depend on the individual employer, but most employers will actually look very favourably on candidates who have taken a year out between University and starting a Graduate Job, as long as the year has been spent in a productive activity that is in some way relevant to the company’s business or industry. If you spend a year drinking beer on a beach in Thailand, your sun-tan is not going to get you a job designing a new carbon-fibre composite chassis for McLaren Automotive, but a year spent working with a motor sport team and competing each weekend would certainly get their attention.

How do I apply for a Graduate Job?

Once you’ve identified a company you would like to work for, you can link directly to the Careers page of the company via their page listing on iwantobea.com (registered users only). Each company will have its own recruitment process, but in addition to writing a CV and carefully targeted covering letter explaining why you want to work for that company, you should also expect an interview process which can be telephone interview initially, followed by a face-to-face interview. Many companies are now doing “psychometric” tests either at the application stage, or during 1 or 2 day Assessment activities to which a shortlist of potential Graduates have been invited in order for the company to understand how they interact with each other and which ones best fit the company’s culture and ethics.

Will companies look at my Social Media profile during my application?

Almost certainly. If they don’t look at your facebook or instagram account during the application and recruitment process, they will almost certainly look at it before making an offer to a candidate. That means you should ensure that the material you are showing the world on your social media accounts reflects the type of person that a company wants working for it. Look at all your pictures and posts on social media and try to imagine what someone who doesn’t know you might think about what type of person you are from all the pictures of your time at University. Be ready to answer questions during an interview about content you’ve posted online.

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