Volkswagen Service Technician/Mechanic Apprentice - Lookers Volkswagen Darlington LOOKERS PLC

Drive your career forward with this exciting apprenticeship opportunity. Our Service Technicians/Mechanics are involved all aspects of maintenance and repair from routine servicing to complex diagnostics and repairs to our customers vehicles.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 04 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £14,830.40

  • Working week

    Monday – Friday. 0830 – 1730. Possibility of Saturday workings and / or shifts. Working week will be confirmed on application.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    05 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    07 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000249239

  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

The Service department is vital to the success of our business. From right first-time fixes, to delivering excellent customer service, our Service Technicians/Mechanics play a pivotal role in delighting our customers and encouraging their continued loyalty. 

Every day is different within the Service department. As a Service Technician/Mechanic apprentice, some of your duties will include:

·       Use of diagnostic equipment to identify vehicle faults.

·       Testing of parts and systems to ensure correct working.

·       Following checklists to ensure all critical parts of vehicles are examined.

·       Carrying out bumper to bumper overview, service, and inspection.

·       Maintenance of electronic systems including on- board entertainment systems.

·       Undertaking repair and maintenance of vehicle parts including clutches, gearboxes, tyres, brakes, and suspension. 

·       Completion of legible and accurate paperwork for the customers and centres records

·       Maintenance of a clean and tidy work environment.

You will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of products including traditional, hybrid and electronic engines. From heritage vehicles to leading edge modern technology, our range will provide you with a varied technical training experience to build your skills as a Service Technician/Mechanic.

Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate skills in logic and problem solving. You should be someone who pays attention to detail and is committed to completing this three year training programme.

We are looking for people who are passionate about our industry and our brand. Some of the personal skills that you should think about showing us in your application are:

·       Enthusiasm and willingness to learn

·       Teamwork

·       Strong communication

·       Customer Service

·       Interest in vehicle engineering

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual to join our team and embark on a long term career, with excellent earning and progression opportunities once you complete your apprenticeship.

The training you will be getting

Training will be delivered using a combination of virtual classroom remote learning and face-to-face block release weeks at our state-of-the-art training centre.

Our expert trainers will guide you through the training programme using a combination of e-learning, classroom learning and practical application.

In the workplace, your personal, dedicated mentor will support your continued learning as you apply the skills and knowledge you have gained through the remote sessions and at the Volkswagen Group National Learning Centre.

This is a fully rounded training experience where you will build life skills that last and gain both apprenticeship qualifications and brand certifications. As an apprentice, you will also have the opportunity to attend Outward Bound, a personal development week which supports with developing resilience, confidence, and teamwork skills.

On successful completion of the three year programme, you will receive the following:

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard in Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle)
Certificate in Automotive Refrigerant Handling
Brand specific certifications

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Volkswagen Group (VWG) is one of the UK’s largest car retailers encompassing premium brands such as Audi, Bentley, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen, TPS, Volkswagen Paint and Body and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. This network of retailers spans the UK, providing a wide range of career opportunities.

Once your apprenticeship is complete, you will continue your learning journey and you will have the opportunity drive your career forward. Some of our apprentices have gone on to become team leaders and managers within the retail network or even joined our team at Head Office in Milton Keynes.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative, Patience

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 9 – 4 (A* – C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9 – 4 (A* – C) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade 9 – 4 (A* – C) Essential

Things to consider

The latest information on the Apprentice National Minimum Wage can be found at https://www.gov.uk/become-apprentice/pay-and-conditions As part of our commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, all applications are automatically anonymised by our recruitment system. This is with the aim of realising our ambition to have a workforce that is reflective of the community we serve and eliminating unconscious bias, allowing employees to be appointed based on their talent, skills, and experiences regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. Please do not contact the retailer directly. Inspiro Learning carry out the full recruitment service for this employer. Due to the high number of applications, we cannot provide a timescale on when you are likely to receive a response. As most of our roles are recruited for on an ongoing basis, we will contact you if you are successful at progressing to the next step. It is not possible for us to contact every applicant individually. If you have not heard back on a specific vacancy but find another opportunity that is of interest to you, we welcome an additional application. Benefits -Earn while you learn - Market leading apprenticeship salary with clear hourly pay scales that increase as you develop.   -Amazing training with on-the-job support - Structured 3-year development programme at state-of-the-art facilities equating to over £16k in training investment to support your career to become fully qualified   -Generous holiday entitlement that increases with length of service -Smart Health plan and Everymind At Work – Our Mental Health Partner   -Discounted Gym Membership, Techscheme & Shopping Discounts

About the employer

Throughout Volkswagen we have a rigorous commitment to quality and excellence. Our products are highly acclaimed, our processes for distribution and support services are world class and we have some of the most technologically advanced resources in any industry. The Volkswagen Apprenticeship Programme is designed to train and develop apprentices to keep pace with advancing technology and high levels of customer service. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to receive formal qualifications through extensive product training whilst in full-time employment at one of our retailers.

Employer

LOOKERS PLC

Address

Auckland Road

Faverdale,

Darlington

DL3 0UX

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Training

Training provider

INSPIRO LEARNING LIMITED

Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician - light vehicle

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications


Employer's Application Instructions

In order to be considered for this role, you are required to complete an online application via the link listed. Your online application will be forwarded to our specialist recruitment team. If you are successful in your application, they will talk to you directly and guide you through the next stages of application.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 04 Jul 2024