60 spaces available for Volvo apprentices
Volvo Car UK is marking National Apprenticeship Week by encouraging school and college leavers to make the most of the 60 apprenticeship places it has available on its 2018 Apprenticeship Programme.
The Volvo Cars Apprenticeship Programme will play an integral part in the recruitment drive, and for those who have yet to choose a career path since leaving school or college in the summer, Volvo’s retailer network is still offering opportunities in 2018.
Volvo apprentices will be employed full-time at an authorised Volvo retailer for the duration of their chosen apprenticeship programme, with the opportunity to learn new skills in mechanical and software technology while gaining valuable on-the-job retailer experience. There are also a range of apprenticeship opportunities across customer services.
Laurie Nurton, 25, was one of Volvo’s youngest fully qualified technicians at just 22 years old, having joined the apprenticeship programme when he finished school. Laurie is now a direct retailer support engineer, working at Volvo Car UK in Daventry.
She said, ‘I never thought I would have a career in this industry, but there were a number of factors that helped me progress so quickly with Volvo. We always had the right tools for the job and the work itself was varied, which meant I learnt a great deal in a short amount of time.’
Alongside retailer training, apprentices will also attend sessions at Volvo’s new £6m state-of-the-art training and development facility in Daventry to work towards a nationally recognised professional qualification, graduating as a Level 2-qualified Volvo technician on completion. Daventry provides a 16-bay vehicle workshop, including an advanced auditorium, to make learning more interactive.
Helen Davis, career development and engagement manager at Volvo Car UK, said, ‘With such an extensive apprenticeship programme in place, designed specifically to support and in conjunction with our network of retailers, more than 90% of those who complete their course move on to full-time employment with a Volvo retailer.
‘Our retailers really value our apprenticeship programme because they know that when our apprentices graduate, they have the skills they need to be a real asset to their business, offering plenty of opportunities for personal and career development. By progressing on to higher-level programmes, our technicians can become certified in specialist areas, including electronic diagnostics and hybrid technology.’