Frequently asked questions

Where will I work?

In order to gain a place on the Apprenticeship programme, you must be sponsored by a Volvo dealership local to your home. Here, you will be a full time employee of the dealer from day one and become part of the technical/parts team while you train.

Where do I complete my training?

You will carry out your training through fifteen two-week periods on the HGV Programme and ten one-week periods on the Parts Programme at the bespoke Volvo Training Academy, based at Stephenson College in Coalville, Leicestershire. The centre is equipped with the latest Volvo vehicles and you will have use of the most up to date equipment and tools. You will also be trained by Volvo time served master technicians, with the latest Volvo knowledge.

Where is the Volvo Training Academy located? 

The Volvo Training Academy is located at Stephenson College in Coalville, Leicestershire. It is a modern professional college with great facilities such as an on- site health and fitness suite and a beauty salon. The college has become a hub for Motor Vehicle and has links with a number of major HGV companies.  You can find out a little more about the college on the website provided; www.stephensoncoll.ac.uk

Will I be a paid employee at the dealership?

Yes. All apprentices who are successful in gaining a position at a Volvo dealership will be contracted and paid as a full time employee with that dealer.

Where do I complete my training?

You will carry out your training through fifteen two-week periods at the bespoke Volvo Training Academy, based at Stephenson College in Coalville, Leicestershire. The centre is equipped with the latest Volvo vehicles and you will have use of the most up to date equipment and tools. You will also be trained by Volvo time served master technicians, with the latest Volvo knowledge.

What qualifications do I achieve?

You will study a Level 3 in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and repair or Parts. The duration of these qualifications will be three years for HGV or 2 years for Parts. Your fourth year on the HGV Apprenticeship will be spent developing your skills at your dealer-point. At the end of your fourth year, you will become a fully qualified member of Volvo Trucks. Both the above qualifications are recognised and highly valued throughout the motor industry.

Does my training stop once I reach IMI Level 3?

No, it doesn't. At Volvo you will be encouraged to increase your knowledge with future technical training courses, exciting team building weekends and even the option for the right apprentice to study for Higher education. The opportunities within a global organisation like Volvo are endless. For the right, focused individuals we can offer a clear career path to Frontline Technician/Parts Supervisor that may even lead to product or training specialist at Volvo…

Are there other benefits to me?

  • Full time employment at an authorised dealer
  • Block release tuition
  • An international recognised accreditation
  • Fully paid for training course, all qualification fees and accommodation.
  • Team building and special events

How frequently will I be on Block, and how long is a block?

Attendance at Stephenson College will be on a block release basis. Apprentices’ will be required to attend Stephenson College on a two-week block for HGV or one-week block for Parts every six weeks. Accommodation and travel cost(s) will be covered by the company. Apprentices stay at the college Monday-Thursday night and return home for the weekends. 

Where will I stay during block?

Apprentices will stay with local hosts provided by Stephenson College on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis only. Accommodation is local to the college and has been carefully vetted for suitability. All relevant DBS checks have also been done by the college. All hosts are very used to having apprentices stay. Apprentices will stay in accommodation with at least one other apprentice. 

How will I get to Stephenson College?

Your travel arrangements will be arranged in advance by your dealer-point, and depending on where your dealer-point is based, you may be travelling by car, bus, train or air.

Individuals are then expected to make their own way to Stephenson College on a Monday morning.

Driving
If apprentices choose to drive to college you should ensure that their insurance covers for Business use. Parking is available at the college free of charge.

Air
The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport. Flights are pre booked in advance prior to your block. A free bus will be available to pick apprentices from outside arrivals at EMA.

Train
The nearest train station to the college is Leicester. Train travel will be booked in advance through the company. A free bus is available every Monday morning to collect apprentices from the train station at 10:30am. It will also take apprentices back to the station on Friday afternoon at 12:00pm.

Travel between College and Accommodation

Apprentices may choose to drive to their local accommodation each day. Alternatively there is a free college bus that will pick apprentices up in the morning and drop them off in the afternoon.

Who can enrol?

To enrol, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 16 or over
  • Have grade C or above in GCSE Math's, English and Information and Communication Technology or the Scottish Certificate of Education at grade C or above

Does my training stop once I complete my apprenticeship?

No, it doesn't. At Volvo you will be encouraged to increase your knowledge with future technical training courses, exciting team building weekends and even the option for the right apprentice to study for Higher education. The opportunities within a global organisation like Volvo are endless. For the right, focused individuals we can offer a clear career path to Frontline Technician/Parts Supervisor that may even lead to product or training specialist at Volvo…

How much will the training cost me?

The training is completely free of charge and paid for by Volvo. The only cost to you is your dedication and commitment to succeed.

What Benefits will I receive?   

Mentoring/Buddy Scheme – Volvo provides continuous support to their apprentices to ensure that they receive the best experience possible and develop to the best of their ability at every opportunity.

State of the art facilities - At our Volvo Training Academy we have our own bespoke workshops to ensure we can replicate the workshop environment experienced in the network. 

Expert Lecturers – Each of our Volvo Lecturers have all previously been a Volvo Technician, or experienced our industry, therefore they truly understand how apprentices need to develop and assist by delivering “Award-Winning” training.

Salary – Our apprenticeship(s) give apprentices the opportunity to earn whilst you are learning.

Be part of our brand – Our apprenticeships offer the opportunity to work for a premium brand that values their employees’ development, whilst being involved with one of the largest HGV Apprenticeship Programmes’ in the UK.

 

What are the requirements?


To enrol for the either of the listed Volvo Apprenticeships you must be aged 16 or over and have the right attitude to learn, by showcasing large determination and commitment to succeed.

How do I enrol?

Please click here for an application form, and return by post to the address enclosed.