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What’s next? Volkswagen Group encourages school-leavers to explore range of opportunities

As students across the UK decide on their next steps based on recent exam results, Volkswagen Group UK is encouraging more people to consider the wide variety of roles available in the automotive industry. Whether you’re looking for an apprenticeship, your first full time role, or an opportunity to practise new professional skills, there’s something for everyone. 

While the number of apprentices starting courses in the UK has still not returned to pre-pandemic levels, there has been an increase in those under the age of 19 starting apprenticeships*, and Volkswagen Group UK – which comprises the Audi, SEAT, CUPRA, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands – has seen a rise in the number of new recruits, with over 1,000 currently in training.

Apprenticeships at Volkswagen Group UK offer exciting and varied roles in an industry undergoing a transformation in technology and the way it brings vehicles to market. Young workers can opt for apprenticeships as a Service Technician, Parts Advisor, Service Advisor or Paint and Body Technician. The programmes can be tailored specifically to help apprentices develop and hone their skills, using both practical and theoretical learning in the brand’s dealerships, as well as at the Volkswagen Group’s National Learning Centre in Milton Keynes.

Aspiring apprentices require a minimum of GCSE (or equivalent) Grades 9-4 (A-C) in English, Maths and Science (Service/Paint &Body Technician), or GCSE (or equivalent) grades 9-4(A-C) in English, Maths and one other subject for the Service or Parts Advisor roles, with applications open all year round. Many other non-apprenticeship roles are available within the network, and now easier to see all in one place thanks to the launch of a new portal.

Helen Mirley, Head of Retailer Learning Services at Volkswagen Group UK, commented: “At this time of year, many people leaving education look for new and exciting opportunities, whether that’s post-GCSE or post-further education. There are so many different options, and the automotive industry offers a wealth of careers. Perceptions of workshops and garages are still very outdated, so we would encourage people to get in touch to see what roles are available and what working life in automotive is really like. We have a variety of vacancies which can all lead to a career in an exciting, evolving organisation.”

Details of our apprenticeship schemes and how to apply can be found here; while a wide variety of roles across our retail network are available through this portal.

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