Keep the country moving

Vehicles and transport play an essential role in society, reducing what were once unnavigable distances to short commutes. Without this important sector, the country would come to a standstill.

This sector can be divided into the automotive industry (or ‘retail motor industry’) and passenger transport. The retail motor industry deals with all aspects of cars, vans and motorcycles as well as lorries and forklift trucks. It’s a broad area, employing professionals who sell vehicles, fix and service them, fit new parts, and even rescue motorists. The passenger transport sector is equally large, employing hundreds of thousands of people to run, drive, and support transport and travel, from aviation to rail and bus to coach.

Apprenticeship examples include the autocare technician apprenticeship, which will train you in the use of a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify and repair simple system faults. The motor finance specialist will develop you into an expert who can offer and administer finance packages in the shape of loans or leases to customers buying vehicles.

There’s also the option to become a train driver in a number of capacities, such as moving passengers, goods, empty coaching stock or driving on-track machines to perform infrastructure maintenance work, as well as a bicycle mechanic. In this role, you could work on an increasing range of bicycles—some with complex technology—making it an exciting and varied industry to be in.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Accident repair technician

“An accident repair technician mends damaged vehicles using a range of metalworking and finishing techniques” A motor vehicle accident repair technician repairs all elements of a vehicle after it has

Autocare technician

“An autocare technician carryies out a range of services and repairs to cars, vans and light goods vehicles” An autocare technician will work for a national chain or independent garage.

Automotive glazing technician

“An automotive glazing technician repairs and replaces windscreens in the full range of automotive vehicles on the road today” An automotive glazing technician repairs and replaces windscreens in the full

Automotive manufacturing engineer

“An automotive manufacturing engineer helps take products from design to manufacture, ensuring that they are launched on time, at cost and to the right quality” An automotive manufacturing engineer primarily

Aviation ground operative

“An aviation ground operative works in a specialist role supporting the safe arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft at airports, military bases, heliports and other airfields” An aviation ground operative

Aviation ground specialist

“An aviation ground specialist works in a specialist role supervising the safe arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft at airports, military bases, heliports and other airfields” An aviation operations specialist

Aviation operations manager

“An aviation operations manager oversees the environment, facilities and services at airports, military bases, heliports and other airfields—including the safe arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft” An aviation operations manager

Bicycle mechanic

“A bicycle mechanic builds, repairs and services all kinds of bicycles” Cycling is on the increase as a means of transport and as a leisure activity, with an increasing range

Bus and coach engineering technician

“A bus and coach engineering technician carries out a range of engineering work on buses and coaches for their operators” A bus and coach engineering technician will inspect, diagnose, repair

Cabin crew

“As a member of cabin crew, you’ll provide excellent customer service to passengers, while ensuring their comfort and safety throughout the flight” Your role as an air cabin crew member

Electrical/electronic technical support engineer

“An electrical/electronic technical support engineer supports the manufacturing of new products by bringing the product to life and resolving manufacturing problems” Electrical/electronic technical support engineers primarily support manufacturing in both

Express delivery operative

“An express delivery operative provides timed deliveries and collections to homes and businesses” The dramatic growth of internet shopping and the use of portable ICT devices have transformed express delivery

First officer pilot

“The first officer, also known as co-pilot, supports the aircraft commander and assists them in the safe and efficient conduct of a flight” The first officer, also known as co-pilot,

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician

“A heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician inspects and repairs a range of heavy vehicles and trailers for dealerships, independent garages, and franchise and large fleet operators” A heavy vehicle

High speed rail and infrastructure technician

“Providing technical solutions across the construction, maintenance and operation of a high speed railway” High speed rail is a specialist area of work. High speed rail specialists include civil engineers,

Highway electrical maintenance and installation operative

“A highway electrical maintenance and installation operative installs and services electrical support structures, equipment and systems on roads and motorways” A highway electrical maintenance and installation operative is a multi-skilled

Highways electrician/service operative

“A highways electrician/service operative supervises the installation and servicing of electrical equipment and systems on roads and motorways” This apprenticeship covers two roles: highways electrician and service operative, which are

Highways maintenance skilled operative

“A highways maintenance skilled operative works on rural and urban roads to repair damaged surfaces” Highways maintenance skilled operatives work on rural and urban roads (not including motorways) to repair

Large goods vehicle driver

“A large goods vehicle driver delivers goods across all sectors and distances for a range of customers, from private individuals and sole traders through to large global organisations” Large goods

Motor finance specialist

“A motor finance specialist offers and administers finance packages to customers buying vehicles” A motor finance specialist offers and administers finance packages in the shape of loans or leases to

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician—light vehicle

“A motor vehicle service and maintenance technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans” A motor vehicle service and maintenance technician services and repairs light vehicles such

Motorcycle technician

“A motorcycle technician services and repairs motorcycles, motorised scooters, all-terrain vehicles, tricycles and vehicles where the rider sits astride the frame” A motorcycle technician services and repairs motorcycles, motorised scooters,

Passenger transport driver

“A passenger transport driver operates buses, coaches or trams, making sure passengers get where they’re going safely and on time” Passenger transport service professionals make a difference by ensuring passengers

Passenger transport onboard and station team member

“A passenger transport onboard and station team member ensures the safe travel of passengers, their customers, themselves and their colleagues” Passenger transport service professionals make a difference by ensuring they

Passenger transport operations manager

“A passenger transport operations manager oversees the planning and coordination of passenger transport operations” As a passenger transport services operations manager covering rail, buses or coaches, you develop a detailed

Rail and rail systems engineer

“A rail and rail systems engineer will specialise in specific aspect of the railway” A rail and rail systems engineer will specialise in specific aspect of the railway, such as

Rail and rail systems principal engineer

“A rail and rail systems principal engineer leads integrated safe design, construction, installation, maintenance, renewal, or decommissioning, to provide a safe and reliable railway” A rail and rail systems principal

Rail and rail systems senior engineer

“A rail and rail systems senior engineer applies rail and rail systems technical engineering skills in a broad range of management and leadership activities” A rail and rail systems senior

Rail engineering advanced technician

“A rail engineering advanced technician provides and manages the delivery of technical engineering solutions across the rail network” A rail engineering advanced technician provides technical solutions across the infrastructure and

Rail engineering operative

“A rail engineering operative provides support to technicians and engineers working on the rail network and trains” A rail engineering operative provides support to rail technicians and engineers in their

Rail engineering technician

“A rail engineering technician provides technical support to engineers working on the rail network and trains” A rail engineering technician provides technical support to rail engineers across the infrastructure and

Rail infrastructure operator

“A rail infrastructure operator manages the signals and electrical controls needed to keep trains running safely and on time” A rail infrastructure operator supports and regulates the safe operation of

Railway engineering design technician

“A railway engineering design technician provides technical support to engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways” A railway engineering design technician provides technical support to engineers who design infrastructure

Road surfacing operative

“A road surfacing operative is responsible for the surfacing, resurfacing and improvement of vast stretches of the highway network” A road surfacing operative is responsible for the surfacing, resurfacing and

Road transport engineering manager

“A road transport engineering manager oversees the road transport engineering department of a bus, coach or commercial vehicle operator” It is the duty of the road transport engineering manager to

Specialist tyre operative

“A specialist tyre operative predominantly works on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units” A specialist tyre operative predominantly works on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped

Train driver

“Responsible for driving trains in a safe, punctual, economic manner over various routes” A train driver could work in a number of rail environments, moving passengers, goods, empty coaching stock

Tramway construction operative

“A tramway construction operative is responsible for activities in the construction and renewal of tramways” A tramway construction operative is responsible for activities in the construction and renewal of tramways,

Transport planner

“A transport planner designs and develops transport and travel systems” A transport planner designs and develops transport and travel systems, which are safe to operate, environmentally sustainable and take into

Transport planning technician

“Providing technical support to transport planners to help manage and improve transport services and systems” Transport planning technicians provide technical support to professional transport planners in the preparation, assessment and

Vehicle body and paint

“Appraising and repairing vehicles that have suffered damage” The vehicle body and paint apprenticeship is about patching up damaged vehicles. From a scratched door to a dented bumper, accidents can

Vehicle damage assessor

“A vehicle damage assessor methodically and accurately inspects and assesses all elements of a motor vehicle that has sustained damage and requires repair” A vehicle damage assessor methodically and accurately

Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician

“A vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician identifies damaged mechanical and electrical components on a damaged vehicle, and removes and refits these components before and after body repair work

Vehicle fitting

“Identifying, removing and replacing vehicle faulty components” The vehicle fitting apprenticeship deals with fast-fit operations for motor vehicles. Motor vehicle fitters, or fast-fit technicians, repair and replace tyres, batteries, exhausts

Vehicle maintenance and repair

“Carrying out maintenance and repairs, as well as identifying and reporting faults” Vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeships deal with the repair and maintenance of all types of vehicles, from mopeds

Vehicle parts

“Selling parts for all kinds of vehicles” Vehicle parts sales representatives and parts advisers order, sell and manage stock control on a range of parts and accessories for all kinds

Vehicle restoration

“Maintain, repair and restore historic classic light vehicles and motorcycles” Vehicle restoration takes an old and neglected—but usually sought after—vehicle, such as a classic car or motorbike, and restores it

Vehicle sales

“Selling used and new cars from a dealership or forecourt” The vehicle sales apprenticeship prepares you for the many activities that go on in a car sales showroom. It takes