As a motor vehicle parts person, you would sell motor parts and accessories to garages, car dealerships and the general public.
You might concentrate on spares and accessories for cars, small vans and motorcycles, or specialise in heavy vehicles, such as lorries, plant machinery, buses and coaches.
Your duties would typically include:
You would usually work between 37 and 40 hours a week. Many companies operate a rota system, which includes evenings and weekends.
Salaries are around £14,000 to £18,000 a year. Senior staff can earn over £25,000 a year.
Some companies offer bonus schemes linked to sales, which can increase earnings and overtime opportunities.
You could work in a range of settings, from large service centres, where the main clients are car dealerships, to independent garages working directly with the public. You could also find jobs with smaller retail outlets, dealing specifically with car spares and accessories.
Vacancies are advertised through newspapers, Jobcentre Plus, specialist recruitment agencies and on the Directgov website.
You do not need any formal qualifications to get into this job, although some employers may want to see relevant experience in vehicle parts, vehicle servicing or customer service. You are likely to need a driving licence.
You may be able to get into this career through an Apprenticeship scheme. To get on to a scheme, you will normally need four GCSE's (grades A-C), or equivalent qualifications but it is best to check with the college or training provider.
Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships provide structured training with an employer. As an apprentice you must be paid at least £95 per week; you may well be paid more. A recent survey found that the average wage for apprentices was £170 a week. Your pay will depend on the sector in which you work, your age, the area where you live and the stage at which you have arrived in the Apprenticeship.
Entry to Employment (e2e) can help to prepare those who are not yet ready for an Apprenticeship. In addition, Young Apprenticeships may be available for 14- to 16-year-olds. More information is available from a Connexions personal adviser or at www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
There are different arrangements for Apprenticeships in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need from their workers. To find out more about Apprenticeships, visit the Apprenticeships or the Institute of the Motor Industry websites.
Once you start work, you could complete NVQ in Vehicle Parts Operations at Levels 2 and 3.
IMI Awards NVQ in Vehicle Parts Operations (100/2677/0).
City and Guilds NVQ in Vehicle Parts Operations (4009).
Your employer may arrange for you to attend short courses offered by main dealers or manufacturers, to update your product knowledge.
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A motor vehicle parts person needs:
With experience, you could progress to a supervisor or service adviser job, or move into the service and repair side.
You may be able to move into self-employment as a parts supplier.
The Institute of the Motor Industry,
Hertford SG13 8PQ
Tel: 01992 511 521
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