Myth busting the retail motor industry!

There are some misconceptions around the opportunities available in the retail automotive industry and we want to clear them up by busting ten of the most common ones.

Myth 1: There aren’t many jobs available in the industry

BUSTED: An estimated 457,081 people will be working in the sector in 2020 so there really is something for everyone. Explore them here.

Myth 2: It’s a dirty job

BUSTED: In some work environments, technicians must wear a shirt and tie! Plus with electric vehicles technicians need to be incredibly clean in the environment.

Myth 3: You don’t have to be clever to work with cars

BUSTED: It’s not just cars that technicians train and work on these days. With some vehicles costing over £100k, and containing advanced hybrid, electronic and/or autonomous systems, the next generation of technicians and engineers need to be excellent problem solvers, great at maths, have super literacy skills and be able to correctly diagnose and resolve problems on these advanced machines.

Myth 4: You won’t earn much money

BUSTED: An apprentice who is earning while they are learning earns £3.90 an hour, but this quickly increases once they are qualified right up to a Dealer Principle level, which can earn upwards of £100k a year.

Myth 5: There are no progression routes

BUSTED: All jobs within the industry have a clear progression pathway that can be plotted on our career pathway maps here.

Myth 6: You don’t need any qualifications

BUSTED: Would you want someone working on your vehicle that you put your family in and travel up to 60mph in? We are guessing no and that’s the same for the rest of the general public too. Whilst this is a non-licensed industry the technology is becoming so advanced that an unqualified person simply wouldn’t know where to start! See all our IMI qualification options here.

Myth 7: You only have one option after leaving school

BUSTED: Not at all! You have the option of:

  1. full time education at a college or training provider
  2. an Apprenticeship Framework
  3. an Apprenticeship Standard
  4. staying on at school, doing A Levels and then going to university to study automotive

Search for your next step here.

Myth 8: It’s only working on cars

BUSTED: The retail automotive industry covers all the job roles from when the vehicle leaves the production line to the moment the vehicle is scrapped…that’s over 150 different job roles! These are in sub-sectors such as office, management, leasing, motorcycle, heavy vehicle, fast fit and more.

Myth 9: It’s not a future-proofed career

BUSTED: With over 17k additional jobs being created for 2020 the industry is ever growing and expanding. Technology is moving at lighting speed and we need future technicians to maintain and enhance all these vehicles. Future proof your career here.

Myth 10: It’s only for the boys!

BUSTED: Definitely not! There are some amazing women working in the retail automotive industry from technical to management job roles. Just take a look at these women we featured on International Women’s Day this year for some inspiration here.

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