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.

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