Are you looking at pursuing a career in the retail motor trade? If so, here is some advice on how to get into the industry.
Undoubtedly, the best way to get into the retail motor industry is via an apprenticeship, these are widely available for Service, Parts, Bodyshop and Admin/Accounts.
Firstly, you need to decide on what type of job you want to do. For example:
- Panel Beater.
- Sales Person.
- Parts Person.
If you are unsure on what type of job you want to do, don’t worry! We have a 2-minute job checker on our website that can help you get an idea of what role would suit you. At the end of the quiz, you will be given a description on the job roles that are suited to you.
If you want more information on these job roles, make sure to check out our ‘What Jobs Are Available’ page.
Once you have thought about the type of job that you want to do, start identifying the dealerships, bodyshops, garages that you are able and/or willing to travel to.
Location is extremely important as you don’t want to be travelling too far and if you have to use public transport, some areas may be hard to get to.
So, how do I find dealerships, bodyshops and garages near me?
You may already be aware of some companies that are in your local area but try searching ‘Car Dealerships Near Me’ into Google and/or Google Maps or for example, type ‘Vehicle Bodyshops in Newcastle’ (obviously use the area you live in) into Google. Remember, the more specific your search is, the more suitable the results will be. By searching in Google Maps, you are able to see how long it will take you to travel via car/train/bus/bike/walk.
Once you have found all of the companies that you have easy access to, it is important that you do your research into each one so you have an idea of the working environment.
To find out how to start looking for vacancies, check out ‘How To Get Into The Retail Motor Industry – Part 2’.