Parents & Guardians Guide to Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for young people to earn while they learn in a workplace environment and train towards an industry recognised qualification.

At Arnold Clark we are continually developing and improving our Early Careers offerings to ensure we provide the highest quality training and career opportunities to our apprentices.

Quick fire stats

96%

of Arnold Clark apprentices continue into full-time employment with us after they qualify.

1263

apprentices are currently training with Arnold Clark.

376

apprentices are being recruited in 2022.

£6.75 per hour

(that’s £2.45 more than the national apprenticeship wage).

2225+

applications so far in 2022.

Why an Arnold Clark apprenticeship?

  • Allows your child to earn while they learn.
  • Combines on-the-job training with classroom learning.
  • One-to-one mentorship is provided.
  • Successful apprentices gain accredited qualifications recognised by employers.
  • They will be trained at our state-of-the-art training centres – GTG Training.
  • We’ll help them to achieve their driving licence with free driving lessons and two free attempts at their theory and practical driving tests.
  • We offer one of the best employee packages in the automotive industry, including discounts on new and used cars, private health care and life assurance.

FAQ's

What costs are involved in the apprenticeship?

We cover all costs – if your child lives outside the travel radius to the training centres, we will cover travel expenses, accommodation and food costs. Uniforms are also provided.

How can I support my child through the application process?

Make sure they have all the necessary documentation ready to upload.

You can run through practice Maths and English tests with them to help them build confidence before taking the aptitude tests.

You can reassure them that all of our recruitment team are here to help them with any questions at all.

How will my child be looked after while training and working with Arnold Clark?

All our employees are well looked-after, but we take extra care with the wellbeing and safeguarding of our apprentices. For full details, please have a look through our Safeguarding Guide. Your child’s safety is our top priority.

What opportunities will my child have after they qualify from their apprenticeship?

This is obviously heavily dependent on the role but, if the apprentice decides to stay with Arnold Clark, their development won’t stop at the end of their apprenticeship. We provide opportunities for all our employees to continually develop and progress. From master techs to supervisors and management positions, there’s no limits to the progression opportunities available.

All qualifications are accredited and industry-recognised, so the apprentices can use their skills and knowledge with any employer.

How much will they be paid as an Arnold Clark apprentice?

The base rate for first-year apprentices is £6.75 per hour, increasing each year. All apprentices will enter our Apprenticeship Improvement Programme – a salary review incentive which allows us to review their salary every three months based on their performance. Their pay will never drop below the base rate for their year, but they will have the opportunity to really boost their earnings.

Where will they be training?

They will train at our training facilities – GTG Training in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. Again, any travel or accommodation fees will be covered by Arnold Clark.

They will be training Monday-Friday and return home for weekends – travel home will be covered.

Can they choose which branch they will work at?

When they apply, their preferred branch will be their first choice, but we will consider them for all roles in the area if demand is high for certain branches. They will be asked to confirm the position and branch by the recruiter before accepting the offer.

Entry requirements

  • Aged 16 or over
  • Gained or working towards National 4 or 5 qualifications or GCSE A-C for England – subjects vary according to course.
  • Must be literate, numerate and keen to learn.

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