8 February 2017

The apprentice recruitment process

Prospective apprentices doing basic assessment

The recruitment process for apprenticeships will vary according to the course you choose. Some will require you to complete aptitude tests in order to see if you are suitable for the apprenticeship programme.

Vehicle Technician Apprenticeship Programme (mechanical)

  • You will be invited to GTG Training to complete a 40-minute basic literacy and numeracy test. You will not be able to take a calculator or dictionary into the test with you.
  • If you are successful in the tests a member of the recruitment team will then interview you.
  • Provided you are successful at the interview stage you will then need to carry out a two-hour practical test.
  • Finally, if you pass the practical test, the hiring manager will interview you.

Body Repair & Vehicle Refinisher Apprenticeships

  • You will be invited to GTG Training to complete a 40-minute basic literacy and numeracy test. You will not be able to take a calculator or dictionary into the test with you.
  • If you pass the tests this will be followed up by an interview with a member of the recruitment team.
  • The final stage is a one-week work trial and an interview with the hiring manager.

Motor Vehicle Parts Person Apprenticeship

  • You will be invited to GTG Training to complete a 40-minute basic literacy and numeracy test. You will not be able to take a calculator or dictionary into the test with you.
  • If you pass the tests this will be followed up by an interview with a member of the recruitment team.
  • Provided you are successful at the first interview there will be a second interview with the hiring manager.

Warehouse, Business Admin and Customer Service Apprenticeships

  • You will be asked to come in for an interview with a member of the recruitment team.
  • If you do well at your first interview you will have a second interview with the hiring manager.

How to prepare for the aptitude tests

There are plenty of practice tests online if you are not confident in test situations. The more you prepare the better you will feel about passing. A few we found to be useful were Developing Your Potential and Practice Aptitude Tests.

We do give extra time to candidates with special needs, however we would need a letter from the school or doctor to confirm the exact requirements i.e. how much extra time is needed.

On the day make sure you turn up in plenty of time and with the items you will need, listed below.

How to prepare for the interviews

Make sure you know exactly where you are going and how long it takes to get there. You can find the addresses for all three of our centres on our contact page. You don't want to be flustered or rushing around getting there. You should dress smartly as you would for any other job interview; you want to make a good impression.

You should bring with you

  • A copy of your school qualifications
  • A pen in order to write the test
  • A copy of documented proof of your national insurance number
  • Proof of identity such as a driving licence or passport

Good luck.