Apprenticeship Opportunities

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We are very excited to announce that we have three Apprenticeship vacancies at Blackshaws in 2022 and we will be starting our recruitment process soon.  Please find further details below together with a video at the bottom of the page which explains more about Blackshaws' Apprenticeship Programme:

Apprentice Service Receptionist (Alnwick)

Our first vacancy is for an Apprentice Service Receptionist to work at our Alnwick MG and Suzuki car dealership. With responsibility for assisting our Service Advisors in the preparation of job sheets, service plan quotations, courtesy car handovers and general departmental administration and customer care duties this is a busy role which will include telephone cover, service booking and greeting customers at our Service Reception desk. In addition to practical work experience and training, the successful candidate will be enrolled on a 12-month Suzuki Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship course.

For this role we are looking for an articulate person with a warm and courteous manner who can empathise with our customers and project a positive image of our family business. A proactive, helpful attitude and the ability to work well as part of a team are important requirements along with accurate administration skills, strong attention to detail and an aptitude for learning how to use our computerised data management system.

Initially this Apprenticeship is for a minimum of 12 months and although a permanent position at Blackshaws can’t be guaranteed it is hoped that an opening will be found within the business once the Apprenticeship has been completed.

Any interested applicants should email their CV and a covering letter to [email protected]

Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship (Alnwick)

We also have a Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship at our Alnwick dealership.  The sucessful candidate will be enrolled on a 3 year Manufacturer Advanced Apprenticeship Programme and training will involve structured block release at a Manufacturer Training Centre equipped with all the latest diagnostic equipment, tools and apparatus to simulate a real working environment. All training will run alongside practical work experience within Blackshaws’ busy workshop under the guidance of one of our Senior Technicians who will act as a mentor.

At the end of the 3 year period it is expected that full Manufacturer Technician accreditation will be achieved in addition to NVQ Level 3 in Maintenance and Repair of Light Vehicles, an IMI Technical Certificate and an Advanced Apprenticeship Completion Certificate.

Bodyshop Apprenticeship (Alnwick)

Finally we are looking to recruit an Apprentice Bodyshop Technician who will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship Programme in Accident Repair Body Competence. Training will involve structured day release at Gateshead College on Team Valley combined with practical work experience within Blackshaws’ busy Bodyshop learning how to repair structural and paint damage to vehicles. During this training period our Apprentice will be under the guidance of one of our Bodyshop Technicians who will act as a mentor.

At the end of the Apprenticeship it is expected that full NVQ Level 3 accreditation will be achieved.

These are excellent opportunities for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career within the motor industry.  In addition to a structured programme of learning within a team environment, the programmes are also designed to improve communication skills and enhance personal development. Although a permanent position at Blackshaws can’t be guaranteed at the end of these Apprenticeships it is hoped that an opening within the business will be found after training has been completed.

Any interested applicants should have 5 GCSEs at grades 5 to 9 (predicted) and should send or email their CV and a covering letter to John Elliott (Aftersales Manager).

[email protected]