There are many jobs for 16 year olds – but do you know where to find them? Probably not. Because for the last 2 years, you’ve had your head in a book studying for your GCSEs. Or, at least, that’s what you should have been doing. But anyway, you’re 16 now, you’ve done your GCSEs and you’re waiting for the results to come in. But Mum and Dad say you need to get a job and start paying for your food and lodging…
So where do you start looking for a job? Do you even know what type of job you want, or what type of company or industry you want to work in?
In this blog, we will highlight some of the jobs for 16 years olds which are available in the Automotive Industry. These are all Apprenticeships which offer on-the-job training, as well as formal qualifications equivalent to A-Levels or even a University Degree. They also offer challenging and rewarding careers in one of the most dynamic and exciting industries. And the best thing is, you can apply for these roles at the age of 16. So, let’s take a look at a few examples:
Jobs for 16 year olds – Manufacturing and Engineering
The WEC Group offers Apprenticeships through its in-house Training Academy in Darwen, Lancashire. The five-year welding/fabrication, CNC machining and technical production engineering apprenticeships provide individuals in Lancashire, South Yorkshire and Liverpool, as well as surrounding areas, with an opportunity to gain the relevant skills to carve out a successful career in engineering. In 2015, WEC Group also introduced new CNC machining and technical production engineering apprenticeships in Lancashire, Yorkshire and Merseyside.
WEC Group has production and manufacturing sites in the following locations:
- Darwen – HQ and 2 production sites
- Blackburn – 2 production sites
SETA is a not-for-profit Group Training Association which delivers Apprenticeships for companies across the North East of England.
At SETA, Apprentices experience hands-on learning, acquiring practical skills for use in real life, industrial and office working environments. Apprenticeships cover both engineering and business disciplines, in the following roles:
- Maintenance Technician
- Machinist – Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
- Fabrication & Welding
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Team Leading
- Warehousing and Storage
- Technical Support Technician
For more information about Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeships, click here.
Jobs for 16 year olds – Business and Commercial
The Automated Technology Group is a leading global supplier of control and power solutions for industrial automation and offers a range of Apprenticeships across the business. The company’s headquarters are based in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, where it also has a manufacturing facility for control panel production. ATG also has a Technical Centre in Kings Norton, a Service Centre in Stafford, a Systems Division in Northampton, and a Cabinet Production facility in Bedford.
The Automated Technology Group offer a range of Apprenticeships, Trainee and Graduate Jobs across its various business functions:
- Engineering and Electrical Design
- Finance, Human Resources and Marketing
- Control Systems, Power Solutions, and Robotics
Perkins also offers a range of Engineering and Business Apprenticeships at its two UK manufacturing sites in Peterborough and Stafford. With a history stretching back more than 80 years, Perkins is one of the world’s leading providers of diesel and gas engines, with a product range aimed at the agricultural, construction, industrial, power generation and material handling sectors in the 4-2000 kW (5-2800 hp) range.
The 3 year Perkins Business Apprenticeship provides experience in a range of office based departments including:
- Operations (Assembly, Test, Finish, Machining & Quality)
- Supply Chain and Global Purchasing
- Sales, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Research & Development
For more information about Business and Commercial Apprenticeships, click here.
Jobs for 16 year olds with 1-3 GCSEs
Johnston Sweepers offers Engineering Apprenticeships at its Dorking manufacturing facility. Each year, the company takes on a new group of school leavers, training and supporting them in all aspects of engineering through to their BTECH and NVQ qualifications in Welding, Fabrication, Mechanical Engineering, and Purchasing & Logistics. Johnston Sweepers takes on around 8 Apprentices each year, and, as a result, usually has around 20 Apprentices at various stages of their 3 or 4 year training.
Candidates must have a strong interest in engineering and should also have 3 GCSEs Grade C or above in Maths, English and a Science. However, school leavers who do not meet the entry criteria can be taken on as Trainees, while Johnston Sweepers funds and supports them through their NVQ qualifications.
Triumph is one of the most famous motorcycle brands in the world, with a history stretching back to 1902. It also has an international reputation all forms of motorsport, including multiple land speed records and Isle of Man TT wins. The company offers the opportunity for young people to share in maintaining this history through a Motorcycle Technician Apprenticeship scheme across their UK dealership network.
In order to apply for a role as a Motorcycle Technician Apprentice with Triumph, you should ideally have 2 GCSEs Grade C in English and Maths. However, providing you are willing to take on additional learning outside of the training, you can also apply even if you do not have these minimum requirements. Triumph will provide any additional training and support required to achieve these qualifications during the 3 year Apprenticeship programme.
For more information about Apprenticeships with 1-3 GCSEs, click here.
Jobs for 16 year olds – Where next?
So, hopefully the above examples give you a brief insight into the exciting jobs for 16 year olds which are available in the Automotive Industry. If you want to start earning money at 16, instead of staying on at school, or accumulating significant debt by going to University, then an Apprenticeship could be an ideal opportunity for you.
To find more details of these and other Apprenticeships, visit iwantobea.com. You can also register for access to direct links to the careers pages of companies all across the UK which offer jobs for 16 year olds.