July 21, 2019

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles hunts for new apprentices

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is searching for the next generation of Technicians, Parts Advisors and Service Advisors to mark National Apprenticeship Week.

While England saw the number of people starting apprenticeships fall last year to a seven-year low, Volkswagen bucked the trend and recruited a record 46 apprentices in 2018, who achieved the brand’s highest pass rate (95 per cent) so far.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is now encouraging young people to sign up for its 2019/20 Advanced Apprenticeship Programme, which offers on-the-job practical training, formal qualifications and work experience at one of its dedicated Van Centres or Authorised Repairers.

The introduction of the government apprenticeship levy three years ago saw the age restrictions around apprenticeships removed, so anyone of any age is now eligible to apply. The scheme offers the choice of a two or three year apprenticeship (two for Parts and Service Advisors and three for Technicians).

Last year’s Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Apprentice of the Year, Hannah Mills, said: “My words of advice for someone looking into an apprenticeship would be to just go for it really. I’ve really enjoyed it so I think you would as well. I always try my best at whatever I do.”

Interviews begin this month for candidates who have achieved, or are on target to achieve GCSE grade A-C (new grades 9-4) in English, Maths and Science, to join the programme. On completing the course, apprentices will gain VCQ/VRQ Level 3, an IMI Technical Certificate, an Advanced Apprenticeship Completion Certificate and Key and Core Skills Certificates relevant to their specialist area.

Erica Belsom, people development manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to access a varied and rewarding job. Our scheme has been a huge success since its inception, producing some fantastic engineers to work at our Van Centres, looking after our customers and their vehicles. We want young people to start thinking now about their plans for the coming year and what a great opportunity it could be for them to get involved with the apprenticeship scheme and what it has to offer.”