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Hi. You’ve found iwantobea.com. A new website which will help you find an Apprenticeship or a Graduate Job all year round. 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.
There are companies from a wide range of industries, including Automotive, Aviation, Civil Engineering, Defence, Energy, Marine, Nuclear, Rail and many others. And, although these industries tend to be very Engineering focused, they also offer a wide range of Apprenticeships and Graduate Jobs in various Business related functions, including Finance, Human Resources, Operations Management, Purchasing and Logistics, Sales and Marketing, and many more.
There are Apprenticeships and Graduate Jobs with companies which make a wide range of products - from Engineering and Accountancy Apprenticeships for EBC Brakes, to Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeships for General Dynamics who make armoured military vehicles for the armed forces. There are companies which offer jobs in Body Repair and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Design, Finance, Legal, IT, Marine Engineering, Motor Sport, Quantity Surveying, Railway Maintenance, Robotics and Control Systems, and Service Technician for Cars, Bus & Trucks, and Off-Highway Vehicles.
Importantly, iwantobea.com will always show you a range of companies 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 as an Apprentice or a Graduate. Take a look at some example industries below and then search for an Apprenticeship or a Graduate Job from the menu above.
The Automotive Industry offers an exciting range of Apprenticeships and Graduate Jobs all across the UK. You could work as a Car Designer creating the next best-selling model, or as an Aerodynamic Engineer for a Formula 1 team. There are also roles in Finance, HR, Sales & Marketing, and more.
The Aviation Industry is one of the largest employers of Apprentices and Graduates in the UK. You could help design or engineer the next generation of aircraft. Many companies also offer a wide range of roles such as Finance, Purchasing and Logistics, Human Resources and many more.
Civil Engineering is an incredible industry for young people, with a wide range of Apprenticeships and Graduate Jobs in Accounting, Bridges & Structures, Construction, Electrical Engineering, IT, Quantity Surveying, Project Management, Traffic Engineering, and many more.
The Defence Industry isn't just the Army, RAF and Royal Navy. All of these offer excellent job opportunities for Apprentices or Graduates. But there are a wide range of other companies in the supply chain which also offer exciting opportunities at the cutting edge of technology and innovation.
As an island nation, the Marine Industry remains one of the most important industries for the UK economy. You could learn how to build Superyachts, or you could work in Engineering, Legal, IT or Marketing for the RNLI. Or design, manufacture and build Hovercraft!
The Rail Industry offers a very diverse range of opportunities for young people. There are roles in Engineering and Railway Maintenance, but also in Logistics for major rail cargo companies, or in various Business roles for Crossrail and other train operating companies all across the UK.
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.
There are a wide and diverse range of Apprenticeships all across the country, 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. Or you could work in Aviation as an Aircraft Engineer, designing aircraft for Airbus or developing the latest technology with BAe Systems, or even the UK's nuclear arsenal with AWE. Other industries such as Rail offer exciting opportunities in Railway Maintenance, or Logistics with one of several companies such as Direct Rail or DB Cargo which transport the majority of the UK's rail cargo each year.
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.
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 also Heavy Plant companies like Caterpillar, Cummins Engines, DAV Trucks and JCB.
There are also Graduate Jobs in Civil Engineering for companies which directly manage enormous infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, large office complexes or road and airport infrastructure. Companies such as Amey, Arup, and Atkins are just three companies which offer incredible opportunities for Graduates interested in Civil Engineering.
Search for a Graduate Job by Region, by Industry, by Job Role, or by Education Requirements. This helps you find companies who offer the right type of job for your interest, and it helps you learn what you need to apply, and, importantly, when to apply. iwantobea.com is also the only website which gives you a direct link to each company's recruitment page all year round - so you don't have to waste time trying to find it. iwantobea.com has done all the hard work for you. But it's down to you to convince the company to hire you!
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.