Vehicles & transport

Vehicle transport plays an essential role in most people’s lives, which explains how the industry has grown to such great size and importance.

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 people who sell vehicles, fix and service them, fit new parts, and even rescue motorists. There’s a wide range of apprenticeships on offer, from technical to customer service roles.

The passenger transport sector employs hundreds of thousands of people to run, drive, and support transport and travel, from aviation to rail and bus to coach. By choosing one of these apprenticeships, you could help keep the trains running safely and on time, or help air passengers receive their luggage in one piece when they arrive at their destination. Although there are some smaller transport companies, large national and international companies (e.g. Network Rail) employ most people in this industry.

Useful contacts:

BITA
The British Industrial Truck Association – trade association for forklift truck manufacturers and suppliers
www.bita.org.uk

The Institute of the Motor industry
Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail industry
www.motor.org.uk
See also www.autocity.org.uk

People 1st
Sector Skills Council for hospitality passenger transport, travel and tourism
www.people1st.co.uk

Skills for Logistics
Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industry
www.skillsforlogistics.org

Motor vehicles have changed life beyond all recognition. Twenty miles used to be a day’s journey – now it’s a normal commute.

Vehicle transport plays an essential role in most people’s lives, which explains how the industry has grown to such great size and importance. This section in the guide covers two distinct sectors: 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 people who sell vehicles, fix and service them, fit new parts, and even rescue motorists. There’s a wide range of jobs on offer that span from technical to customer service roles.

The following apprenticeships are available in this sector

Aviation operations on the ground

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Automotive management & leadership

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Driving goods vehicles

This apprenticeship is for anyone interested in riding bikes as a courier, or driving vans or large goods vehicles (LGVs) – vehicles weighi...More



Bus & coach engineering & maintenance

Modern passenger carrying vehicles are strong and well designed, but they need to be properly maintained and then repaired when they break dow...More



PCV driving: bus & coach

Across the country, from the school run to the last bus home, PCVs deliver people from place to place. It takes a lot of skill to...More



Rail infrastructure engineering (track & maintenance)

There are over 10,000 miles of railway track in the UK, connecting more than 2,000 stations. On this apprenticeship you will tr...More



Rail infrastructure engineering

The rail infrastructure is a complex set of systems including track, signalling and telecoms that have to work together to ensure the trains ope...More



Rail services

Rail services involves: driving trains operating signals and crossing barriers communicating between s...More



Vehicle body & paint operations

This apprenticeship is about patching up damaged vehicles. From a scratched door to a dented bumper, accidents can affect a car’s bodywork, me...More



Rail traction & rolling stock engineering

Trains are made up of locomotives (also known as traction), carriages (for passengers), wagons (for cargo) and rolling stock. A...More



Vehicle maintenance and repair

Vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeships deals with the repair and maintenance of all types of vehicles, from mopeds to lorries. There are...More



Vehicle fitting

Motor vehicle fitters, or fast-fit technicians, repair and replace tyres, batteries, exhausts and other vehicle parts, while the customer waits...More



Vehicle sales

It takes a lot to sell a car: extensive knowledge of vehicles, the ability to read a customer, negotiation skills, and the self-confidence to pu...More



Vehicle parts operations

Vehicle parts operatives order, sell and manage stock control on a wide range of parts and accessories for all kinds of vehicles – from cars ...More



Railway engineering design technician apprenticeship

Railway engineering design technicians provide technical support to the engineers who design infrastructure and systems for railways. ...More



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