Find Your Dream Job in the Motor Industry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HERE ARE ANSWERS TO SOME FREQUETLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.