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NLGGTA is the leading North London Motor Industry Apprentice Training Provider

We provide apprentice training for Motor Mechanics, Body Repairs,
Paint Sprayers and the UK Motor Industry in general

What are apprenticeships?

An apprentice is an employee who earns a wage, working alongside experienced staff to gain work skills. Off the job, apprentices receive training towards nationally recognised qualifications, at one of North London Garages training facilities. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
 
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector.

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you earn while you learn, gaining practical and transferable skills while keeping your options open. You will be employed and:
• earn a salary
• get paid holidays
• receive training
• gain qualifications
• learn job-specific skills
 
You will do real work for a real employer, earning real money at the same time as acquiring your qualifications. Although there is no set rate of pay, all employed apprentices must receive a minimum apprenticeship wage of £2.73 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours work per week.
 
Career progression is excellent and average earnings are higher than for those who do not do an apprenticeship.

I've already got a job – can I still do an apprenticeship?

Yes. If your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice where you work now.

What qualifications will I gain?

Usually you will work towards a VCQ (formerly known as NVQ) or similar as your work based qualification, this will be at Level 2 for an Intermediate Apprenticeship and Level 3 for an Advanced Apprenticeship. At college, you will work towards a VRQ or Technical Certificate at the same level. Also you will normally work towards Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT, Level 1 for an Apprenticeship and Level 2 for an Advanced Apprenticeship.

How long do apprenticeships take?

Apprenticeships can last from one to four years. Usually they take 12 - 24 months. The time it takes to reach the level of competence you need varies from one type of career to the next.

What support will I get?

When you start an apprenticeship you are assigned a workplace assessor who will create a learning plan for you and review your progress all the way through the apprenticeship.

You will also have a tutor at North London Garages, along with your assessor for the work based learning part of the programme, and access to North London Garages apprentice on-line support.

What do I do when I have finished?

There are various paths an ex-apprentice can take. You may progress to become a Level 3 Advanced Apprentice, or continue to train at your workplace if you are taken on permanently. Alternatively speak to the North London Garages Career Progression Advisor regarding your continued professional development.

Where will my apprenticeship take place?

Your apprenticeships take place at work and at North London Garages premises. The college part of the programme is day release and the rest of your time is spent with your employer.

Do I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

No, you pay nothing. Your employer will pay you a salary and support you throughout your training. Most of the training is 'on the job' at your workplace and the rest is provided by North London Garages.
 
The National Apprenticeship Service will pay the costs of your training depending on your age. Your employer will meet any additional costs.

 Age

National Apprenticeship Service contribution

16-18

100%

19-24

50%

25+

Contribution for specified places

Do apprentices take exams?

VCQ assessment is carried out in the workplace but the VRQ (Technical Certificate) is delivered off the job at North London Garages College and there will be a requirement to take Automotive tests. There may also be test if you need to do Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT.

Are working hours and conditions the same as other employees?

An apprentice is an employee. This means that you have exactly the same employee rights as anyone else employed by the company and that your employer cannot exploit you.
 
Although you will still be in training during your time on an apprenticeship, you will receive a regular wage and still be entitled to holidays, fair working hours and rest breaks.

Do I need to already be in employment?

No not necessarily, North London Garages has a number of vacancies already, and will actively work with you to source employment in your locality.

To see our current vacancies visit login to the National Apprenticeship website https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk

Or contact North London Garages and we can give you an update on current vacancies in your area.