Work hard and keep the country moving

Vehicles and transport play a critical role in our everyday lives, connecting communities and supporting the economy, so everyone working within the supply chain plays a big role. Without this important sector, the country would quite literally 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.

You could even become a bicycle mechanic. In this role, you could work on an increasing range of bicycles—some with complex technology—making it an exciting area to be in.

The Apprenticeship Guide sector head

Accident repair technician

Mend 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 sustained some type of

Air traffic controller

Direct aircraft, both on the ground and through controlled airspace The UK manages one of the busiest and most complex pieces of airspace in the world. A range of specialist

Autocare technician

Carry 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. As an apprentice,

Automotive glazing technician

Repair and replace windscreens on vehicles An automotive glazing technician repairs and replaces windscreens in the full range of automotive vehicles on the road today. As an apprentice, you’ll gain

Aviation ground operative

Support the safe arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft An aviation ground operative can work at a commercial airport, military base/aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. With five key specialist functions,

Aviation ground specialist

Supervise the safe arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft An aviation operations specialist can work at a commercial airport, military base/aerodrome, heliport or other type of airfield. You’ll focus on

Aviation operations manager

Oversee the environment, facilities and services at airports, military bases, heliports and other airfields An aviation operations manager is in charge of compliance, safety and security within their area at

Bicycle mechanic

Build, repair and service all kinds of bicycles Cycling is on the increase as a means of transport and as a leisure activity, with an increasing range of bicycles on

Bus and coach engineering technician

Carry out a range of engineering work on buses and coaches for their operators A bus and coach engineering technician will inspect, diagnose, repair and test equipment and systems on

Electrical/electronic technical support engineer

Support the manufacturing of new products by bringing the product to life and resolving manufacturing problems Electrical/electronic technical support engineers in both assembly and product design and development. You’ll be

Express delivery operative

Provide 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 services. Using world-class equipment

First officer pilot

Support the aircraft captain and commander during flights The first officer, also known as co-pilot, works in a variety of aircraft, including commercial, military, passenger or freight. The role of

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician

Inspect and repair a range of heavy vehicles and trailers A heavy vehicle technician works on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from

High speed rail and infrastructure technician

Provide 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

Install and service electrical support structures, equipment and systems on roads and motorways A highway electrical maintenance and installation operative is a multi-skilled professional who is able to carry out

Highways electrician/service operative

Supervise 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 focused on the installation

Highways maintenance skilled operative

Work on rural and urban roads to repair damaged surfaces Highways maintenance skilled operatives work on rural and urban roads (not including motorways) to repair damaged surfaces, using hand and

Large goods vehicle driver

Deliver goods across all sectors and distances for a range of customers Large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers drive in a safe and fuel efficient manner, ensuring that the right products

Motor finance specialist

Offer and administer finance packages to customers buying vehicles A motor finance specialist offers and administers finance packages in the shape of loans or leases to customers buying vehicles. You’ll

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician

Service and repair light vehicles such as cars and vans A motor vehicle service and maintenance technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans, and works either

Motorcycle technician

Service and repair 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, all-terrain vehicles, tricycles

Passenger transport driver

Operate 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 are able to travel

Passenger transport onboard and station team member

Ensure the safe travel of passengers, their customers, themselves and their colleagues Passenger transport service professionals make a difference by ensuring they are able to travel safely, on time and

Passenger transport operations manager

Oversee the planning and coordination of passenger transport operations As a passenger transport services operations manager covering rail, buses or coaches, you develop a detailed understanding of the operational transport

Rail and rail systems engineer

Specialise in a specific aspect of the railway, helping maintain railway tracks and equipment A rail and rail systems engineer will specialise in a specific aspect of the railway, such

Rail and rail systems principal engineer

Lead on integrated safe design, construction, installation, maintenance, renewal, or decommissioning, to provide a safe and reliable railway A rail and rail systems principal engineer is a senior strategic role

Rail and rail systems senior engineer

Apply rail and rail systems technical engineering skills in a broad range of management and leadership activities A rail and rail systems senior engineer is an operational leadership role—someone who

Rail engineering advanced technician

Provide and manage the delivery of technical engineering solutions across the rail network A rail engineering advanced technician provides technical solutions across the infrastructure and trains of the railway, including

Rail engineering operative

Provide 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 work across the infrastructure

Rail engineering technician

Provide 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 trains of the railway,

Rail infrastructure operator

Manage 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 the rail network through

Railway engineering design technician

Provide technical support to engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways A railway engineering design technician provides technical support to engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways. The

Road surfacing operative

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 improvement of vast stretches of

Road transport engineering manager

Oversee the road transport engineering department of a bus, coach or commercial vehicle operator It is the duty of the road transport engineering manager to ensure that the road transport

Specialist tyre operative

Work on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units A specialist tyre operative predominantly works on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units. In this role,

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

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, including setting up and maintaining

Transport planner

Design and develop transport and travel systems A transport planner designs and develops transport and travel systems, which are safe to operate, environmentally sustainable and take into account access needs

Transport planning technician

Provide 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 damage assessor

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

Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician

Identify damaged components and remove and refit before and after body repair work has been carried out A vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim technician identifies damaged mechanical and electrical

Vehicle damage paint technician

Prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents A vehicle damage paint technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry.

Vehicle damage panel technician

Remove, repair and replace vehicle body panels to manufacturer specification A vehicle damage panel technician is an expert in the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to manufacturer