Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply?
As a minimum you will need three GCSEs at grade A* - C or grade 4 - 9 (or equivalent), live within a reasonable travelling distance to the vacancy (this is dependent on the location of the vacancy), be a resident in the United Kingdom and Islands, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) or have the right to work in the United Kingdom (evidence will be required) in order to apply. Honda and its dealers are committed to equal opportunities and applications are welcomed from all suitably qualified people regardless of age, race or belief, gender, marital status, disability or sexual orientation.
How can I apply?
In order to submit an application form there must be a vacancy in your local area; if there is no current vacancy you will not be able to submit an application form and will need to revisit our website at a later date to check availability in your area.
If there is a vacancy you will need to complete the online application form. Once your application has been received your details will be screened against our minimum criteria and you will be notified by email of the next stage(s) of the application process.
What is the recruitment process?
On receipt of your online application form we will check that you meet the minimum criteria and then progress you through the recruitment process as follows:
- A short telephone interview
- An online initial assessment in English, Maths and ICT
- A Interview and Assessment Day at the Dealership (Including an aptitude test and validation of initial assessment)
- Work trial
- Job offer and Enrolment onto the Honda Apprenticeship Programme
Each stage of the recruitment process is subject to successful completion of the previous stages; all communication is by email so please ensure you regularly check your emails.
How much will I be paid during the Apprenticeship?
Apprentices are employed by a Honda Dealer from the start of the Programme and earn a wage during their Apprenticeship. Minimum rates of pay for Honda apprentices are set by the Honda Institute and it is the responsibility of the Honda Dealership to ensure the apprentice is paid at least the minimum rate of pay.
Training costs, including hotel and travel for Block Training are all covered by the Honda Dealer, at no cost to the apprentice.
What are the benefits of being a Honda apprentice?
The Honda Apprenticeship Programme is seen as one of the industry’s leading Apprenticeship Programmes so you will receive first class training from highly qualified individuals. Over and above the Standardard/Framework requirements for the Programme there will also be many additional qualifications, activities and rewards you will receive.
Honda also offers a Honda Challenge Personal Development Programme which is an additional curriculum running alongside the Technical Training delivered at The Honda Institute Centre of Excellence. The Honda Challenge Personal Development Programme covers many different subjects which will help build on basic life skills helping the apprentices succeed in their current training, future career and personal life.
What is Block Training?
Apprentices attend their off the job training element of their Programme at the Honda Institute Centre of Excellence in blocks of one week, from two up to eight times per year. The number of weeks will depend on the Programme the apprentice has enrolled on.
The key benefit of Block Training is that apprentices get a concentrated learning experience in the purpose built Honda Institute Centre of Excellence. This means that an apprentice will be able to perform many more tasks effectively on returning to the Dealership. At the end of each Block Training week the apprentice will have a comprehensive Module Report, detailing the subjects covered, exam results where applicable and comments from the Apprentice Trainer regarding their progression through the Programme.
Where do apprentices stay during Block Training?
Apprentices have two options during block training, they can either commute if they live within a reasonable distance to the Honda Institute or they can stay at a hotel near to the Honda Institute with their fellow apprentices. Hotel accommodation is arranged by the Honda Apprenticeship Programme in authorised hotels only.
Separate accommodation is made available for females and those with disabilities.
Special dietary requirements are not a problem during block training. Food can be provided to suit your requirements.
Arrival can either be on the Sunday evening prior to the Monday that the training starts or on the Monday morning depending upon the distance needing to be travelled. Apprentices will return home on the following Friday afternoon.
What happens if the apprentice has a problem at Block Training?
There is always a Duty Trainer available for apprentices attending Block Training. Both the hotel and the apprentices have contact numbers for the Duty Trainer in the event of an emergency.
How is apprentice behaviour controlled?
There is an explicit code of conduct for Honda apprentices, as well as a document detailing instructions and information regarding staying at hotels during Block Training.
How do apprentices travel to the Honda Institute?
It is the responsibility of the Dealership to arrange transport to the Honda Institute for apprentices. This can be by car, bus, train or airplane depending upon the distance to be travelled.
Transport between the hotel and the Honda Institute Centre of Excellence is by mini bus and is arranged by the Honda Apprenticeship Programme.
How much does the Training Cost?
Apprentices do not have to contribute towards their training costs as all costs are covered by Government Funding, Honda Dealerships or Honda Motor Europe.
The Honda Dealership also pays for the hotel, transport and associated costs whilst at block training.
How long is the Honda Apprenticeship Programme?
How are apprentices supported?
At the start of the Honda Apprenticeship Programme, each apprentice is assigned a Honda Apprentice & Technician Development Manager and a Workplace Mentor.
The Honda Apprentice & Technician Development Manager visits the apprentice’s Dealership regularly in order to work with the dealer management to ensure that learning aims are achieved on a timely basis and that the individual apprentice achieves their goals. The Honda Apprentice & Technician Development Manager and the Apprentice Trainer are always available for apprentices to provide support whenever necessary.
What happens when I have completed my Apprenticeship Programme?
All your hard work and dedication will have paid off and you will be fully qualified in your chosen career. All Graduates will be invited to attend an Apprentice Graduation with fellow Graduates, Dealer Representatives and Parents/Guardians in order to celebrate in your success. However, your career progression doesn’t stop here, as there are plenty of opportunities within the Honda dealer network to progress and develop your career further. Opportunities include becoming a Repair Technician, Workshop Controller, Customer Technical Advisor or eventually a Service, Aftersales or Parts Manager.