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Why you should take a career in the Automotive sector

Opportunities in the automotive industry are on the rise due to the sheer increase in the variety of motor vehicles and the technology involved in these vehicles impacting the industry over the last ten to fifteen years or so. Because of this, more skilled and trained technicians are required in the industry. We have been delivering Automotive Apprenticeships for twenty years or so and have seen the impact that these changes have had on the quality and volume of Apprentices required first hand.  We work in partnership with a number of leading motor industry employers in the Dorset and Hampshire area, in conjunction with our Automotive Academies at Bournemouth and Fareham.

1. Job stability

The only way no one would need mechanics, would be if everyone was a mechanic! Everyone everywhere will need a mechanic at some point, and that demand offers you the peace of mind and security that comes with knowing that you always have options and a good mechanic can always find an employment opportunity!

2. Independence

Professional mechanics also have the bonus of being able to choose to go into business for themselves. Owning your own workshop allows you to choose when you work and where you work, which is brilliant for those with a family, or anyone who needs flexibility in their working hours. This also allows you to manage your own workload and client list and work on the types of engines that you enjoy more whether that's motorbikes, sports cars, heavy goods vehicles or other. 

3. Job satisfaction

There are almost 40 million vehicles registered on the roads today. That’s a lot of vehicles, which means a lot can go wrong. By being a mechanic, you’d genuinely be saving lives. On average, there are 1,700 deaths on the road each year, and without mechanics, that number would be much higher. Without good mechanics to make the car drive as smoothly and efficiently as it possibly can, we would all be at greater risk of potential accidents.

4. Social workplace

As a mechanic, you aren’t in an office all day. Of course, as an Apprentice, you’ll be attending college from time to time, but in the workshop, you’ll be meeting and interacting with new people all the time. If you’re friendly and offer your clients good customer service, you can generate a significant amount of income through positive interactions. It’ll also be noticed by your manager, which may result in a promotion when the Apprenticeship course has finished.

5. No more paying for repairs

Cars are expensive. Expensive to insure, expensive to run, and certainly expensive if they break down! But once you’ve got the skills, you won’t have to pay anyone else for your car repairs. This isn’t the single most important reason why you should choose an Automotive Apprenticeship, but if you’re on the fence, it’s a bonus worth considering.

Motor mechanic Apprenticeship success stories

We have helped many people on the automotive career ladder over the years. Here are just a few of the many success stories.

James Southern

When James left school at sixteen, he admits he had no idea what he wanted to do for a career. He prepared his CV and booked an appointment at his local Connections Employment Agency, who helped James explore his passion for performance cars and engineering.  They introduced James to Paragon Skills and this is where he discovered the possibility of Automotive Apprenticeships.

Bethan Jones

Bethan had always had an interest in engines and often engineered custom motorbikes with a friend. The interest developed when Bethan found herself understanding how all types of engine worked and wanted to apply those skills. She had always wanted to have a career, not just a job, and she realised she could have all of this and more with a Paragon Skills Apprenticeship in Level 3 HGV mechanics.

Grant Pritchard-Reade

Leaving school without any qualification was a concern for Grant. He knew that he wanted to learn a trade, and with Paragon Skills he found that he could learn new skills that were essential for the automotive industry, as well as gain the qualifications he needed to progress there. 

Now that you’ve read through all the reasons to take a career in the Automotive sector, here are all the automotive Apprenticeships that we currently have available:

Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship

Would you like to learn more about light vehicle maintenance and get paid while learning? Enjoy on the job training with Paragon Skills’ level 2 light Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeship. Work with industry experts, gaining first-hand knowledge as well as valuable insight into the industry.

Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Level 3 Apprenticeship

Further, develop your automotive career with the Level 3 Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard which includes level 2 competency and is completed over a 36 month period. 

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship

Would you like to learn about heavy vehicle maintenance and get paid while learning? Take advantage of on the job training with a Paragon Skills’ intermediate level 2 Heavy Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeship. Gain a unique insight into the industry by working directly with industry experts and learning skills that will serve you for life.

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship

As a progression from Level 2, this Apprneticeship will develop your skills further in the heavy goods vehicle area. 

Here are some links to articles relating to the skills shortage in the Motor Industry:

https://www.theimi.org.uk/news/motor-industry-chief-warns-imminent-skills-shortage

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/skills-shortage-leaves-up-to-5000-automotive-industry-jobs-vacant-claims-new-report/

https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2016/feb/18/uk-skills-shortage-universities-employers-industry

If you are interested in learning whilst you are earning a salary, gaining valuable work experience and nationally recognised qualifications, then have a look at our Apprenticeship Vacancies and see what opportunities are available in your area.

For any questions you might have please contact us on 0800 783 2545, Talk to our customer service using the live chat service, or send us an email at enquiries@pgon.co.uk.