Vehicle maintenance apprenticeship

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About this programme

Some 47,000 vehicles make our fleet one of the largest in the UK. To keep it running efficiently and effectively, we rely on our talented crew of vehicle technicians. Whether they're changing wheels or implementing aerodynamic design they keep up with our rapidly changing vehicle technology.

Over three years, our Apprentice vehicle technicians learn through on-the-job and classroom training. We take those with a flair for mechanics and engineering, and turn them into automotive experts.

Hear from our people

Find out more from our Vehicle maintenance apprentices who are currently completing their programme with Royal Mail.

Light vehicle maintenance apprenticeship

Vehicle maintenance at Royal Mail isn’t what it used to be.  Do you want to work on all makes and models of vehicle for the general public and our business customers as well as our own fleet?  As our Royal Mail Fleet apprentice, you'll service and repair light vehicles, including petrol, diesel and electric cars and vans, working on all the systems within the vehicle. Day-to-day, you could be replacing simple parts and wheels or solving complex faults using diagnostic methods and equipment, learning everything there is to know on the job as you start out on a career path with great opportunities.

What you need to know:

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Salary

£12,400-£13,900 per year (£1,033-£1,158pm) starting salary + location allowance if applicable. Rising annually to a minimum of £27,900 per year (£2,325pm) on completion of the programme and end point assessment.

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Training

Three year, level 3 apprenticeship with Babcock for technicians who service and repair light vehicles.

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Start date

Begin in January, March or September 2019.

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Entry criteria

You have three GCSEs (or equivalent), including Maths, English and Science, at grade C/4 or higher. You are eligible to work in the UK.

Heavy vehicle maintenance apprenticeship

If larger vehicles such as HGVs including hydraulics, tail lifts and trailers are your area of interest we service and repair all makes and models for the general public and our business customers at over 50 locations.  More than 20 workshops are fully equipped with double-deck trailer maintenance capability.   Join our programme and learn through on-the-job training and classroom learning and start out on a career path with great opportunities. 

What you need to know:

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Salary

£12,400-£13,900 per year (£1,033-£1,158pm) starting salary + location allowance if applicable. Rising annually to a minimum of £27,900 per year (£2,325pm) on completion of the programme and end point assessment.

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Training

Three year, level 3 apprenticeship with Babcock for technicians who service and repair heavy vehicles including trailers.

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Start date

Start in January, March or September 2019.

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Entry criteria

You have three GCSEs (or equivalent), including Maths, English and Science, at grade C or higher. You are eligible to work in the UK.

Body repair technician

Vehicle maintenance at Royal Mail isn’t what it used to be, we now do body work on all makes and models of vehicle for the general public and our business customers. We repair the body work on 50,000 commercial customer vehicles a year in addition to anything needed by our own fleet of 47,000 vehicles – including 6,000 HGVs & Trailers.  We rely on a crew of vehicle body repair technicians to handle everything from changing a lamp unit to repairing extensive body damage whilst keeping up with rapidly changing vehicle technology including electric vehicles. Learn everything there is to know on the job as you start out on a career path with great opportunities.

What you need to know:

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Salary

£12,400-£13,900 per year (£1,033-£1,158pm) starting salary + location allowance if applicable. Rising annually to a minimum of £27,900 per year (£2,325pm) on completion of the programme and end point assessment.

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Training

Study a Level 3 apprenticeship standard for technicians who become skilled in mechanical, electrical and trim (MET), panel repair/replacement plus preparation and paint. Includes driving lessons if required.

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Start date

Starts in September 2019.

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Entry criteria

You have three GCSEs (or equivalent), including Maths, English and Science, at grade C or higher. You are eligible to work in the UK.

Who we're looking for

  • Someone interested in the way vehicles operate and who has some mechanical skills
  • A person who likes researching, analysing and solving problems
  • Somebody who works well in a team environment
  • A skilled communicator
  • Someone committed to delivering first-class service.

 

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Whoever you are and whatever interests you, there’s a role for you at Royal Mail. If you’re looking to join a company that puts your development at the heart of everything we do, start exploring our wide range of roles now.