Volkswagen launches UK intern scheme for van centres

Volkswagen Professional Autos is piloting a nationwide internship programme at its Van Centres.

The scheme, launched in partnership with Autotech Academy, gives newly certified automotive students a route into complete-time employment in just the marketplace.

The 10 compensated interns recruited in the class of 2021 are now in roles at Van Centres throughout the Uk, shadowing experienced technicians to consider their very first methods in the automotive marketplace.

A more 20 Van Centres have registered a emptiness adhering to the start of the internship scheme.

Paul Anderson, national aftersales supervisor, claimed: “This new internship scheme provides a further element further than our present apprenticeship plan, supporting individuals at the end of their faculty education and learning into operate.

“By featuring realistic working experience in compensated work to these interns, we are ready to create a future pipeline that keeps proficient technicians in the market.”

Wayne Ollershaw, head of business at Birmingham Van Centre, who has taken on two interns, explained:

“I was extremely amazed with how perfectly equipped the interns were being, and their eagerness to start off operate.

“We have taken on apprentices in the previous and it carries on to participate in a part of our strategy, but when they appear new from school, they do not keep the college or university-acquired idea so, understandably, it takes longer for them to attain the important information and abilities necessary to have out fix or servicing operate.”

The new programme is in addition to Volkswagen Industrial Vehicles’ apprenticeship scheme, which provides teaching as a Company Technician, Components Advisor and Service Advisor, utilizing both of those realistic and theoretical understanding in the brand’s Van Centres, as very well as at the Volkswagen Group’s Nationwide Discovering Centre in Milton Keynes.

In 2021, Volkswagen Business Autos inducted 34 apprentices into this broader scheme.


As Paul Anderson included: “Working in a Van Centre is an thrilling, assorted and evolving expertise. Some people’s perceptions of workshops continue on to be pretty outdated, and we’re enthusiastic to present a new era of technicians and sales and provider staff what it is truly like. Techniques received through apprenticeships or internships open up up a lot of prospects for the future in a modern day, electrical and electronic business.”