FAQs and Useful Information

Frequently asked questions…
How do I apply?

To apply for an Apprenticeship with Mercedes-Benz , please visit the APPLY NOW page. Enter your postcode to find opportunities in your area.

Applications are invited between January and August. If there are no vacancies in your area, please contact us and we can discuss possible options with you. Vacancies are constantly updated, so please do check back if there are no listings in your area initially.

If you can find a placement with a Mercedes-Benz specialist, you may still be able to join the Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Programme.

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship in Scotland or Wales?

Please contact Remit Training to enquire about Apprenticeships in Scotland and Wales.

Where can I find out more about apprenticeships and careers with the automotive industry?

We have provided a number of links to sources of information both about apprenticeships in general and specific information about the various career options throughout the motor industry, not just within Mercedes-Benz. Check out the links below this FAQ section.

What happens with my application?

Once applications have been reviewed, shortlisted applicants will be contacted for a telephone interview. Suitable applicants will then be asked to attend an interview at the dealership or retailer.

Applicants who progress through this stage will be invited to complete some online assessments. We'd recommend taking your time whilst completing the online application form to give yourself the best opportunity of being shortlisted.

What do the online assessments involve?

The online assessments consist of a series of short aptitude assessments. These are multiple choice and will take roughly 15 minutes each to complete.

Don't worry, we will provide you with guidance on the assessments beforehand.

How do I know that I will be treated fairly?

Mercedes-Benz is committed to a policy of equality and diversity. The motor trade is one in which females are particularly underrepresented with under 2.5% of annual recruitment being made up of females. Around 5.7% of our Apprentice Academy intake last year was female and we are striving to promote the motor trade to a new generation of young female learners to try and raise the female representation.

When will I know my results from the online assessments?

You will be given three working days to complete the online assessments. Once this has been completed your results will be calculated and sent across to the recruiting manager at the dealership who will make the final decision on recruitment.

How long will the application process take?

Specific vacancies will be listed from January to March. Where a vacancy is not yet known you will be able to register your interest. Once applications close, we will then contact candidates for phone interviews. It is possible that you will not hear anything from us until after the vacancies close so please bear this in mind prior to chasing for an update. We aim to have all telephone interviews completed within three weeks of the vacancy closing date. We aim to have all vacancies recruited by August, with a view to starting at the Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Academy from September. This may sound like a long time but don't worry, you will be kept informed of your progress on a regular basis throughout the process.

How do I know that I will receive the best training and development?

The Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Programme has been running since 1995 and we have had over 1,500 learners graduate. This 91% achievement rate compared to the National average of 76%. In addition, we have received a Grade 1 Outcomes for Learners from Ofsted.

Where will my training take place?

You will be employed by a dealer or retailer local to you, as per the vacancy applied for. You will work there undertaking on-the-job training. As part of your qualification you will also need to attend block training which will take place at the Apprentice Academy in Milton Keynes. Depending on where you live, you will come to Milton Keynes for the whole week and stay in a local hotel (organised for you by the Academy). On average block training in Milton Keynes takes place every 6-8 weeks, however there may be instances when visits are more frequent or further apart. Block training at the Academy is a compulsory part of the Apprenticeship.

Who will be looking after me during my training?

As an apprentice you will be assigned a workplace mentor for your time at the local Retailer and a dedicated Student Liaison Officer for your time at the Academy in Milton Keynes.

What recognition has the programme received?

The Mercedes-Benz Apprentice Programme was awarded the Top Employer Award at the AllAboutSchoolLeavers Awards as well as also winning the Best Training and Development, Best for Career Progression, Best Employer; Engineering and Best Advanced Apprenticeship awards. All of these awards were voted for by school leavers, trainees and apprentices.

Further recognition was gained when the programme was awarded the National Apprenticeship Award for Large Employer of the Year, after also winning the East Midlands Large Employer of the Year category.

In addition to this the Training and Development Centre was awarded the IMI Outstanding Achievers Award for the Approved Centre of the Year, specifically for the adult Technical Training and Apprentice Academy.

Will I get a job at the end of my training?

Any sector will experience movement of people in and out of jobs and this can be due to factors outside of our control, however, we achieve a very high retention rate of 70% of apprentices still within the industry after 10 years of service.

What sort of jobs can I expect to progress to once I have completed my apprenticeship?

The automotive sector encompasses many different disciplines and literally the sky's the limit for anyone who is willing to develop their skills and to gain the knowledge required. Ross Brawn started as an engineering apprentice and went on to lead the Mercedes AMG F1 team and now works as Motorsport Director for Liberty Media. Jamie Oliver started as a catering apprentice and now has a global chain of restaurants as well as having his own extensive line of products and campaigning for the improvement of school dinners for all.

Useful Links:

National Apprenticeships…

Advice on becoming an Apprentice…

IMI Awards…

Can’t find a job with Mercedes-Benz?

IMI Auto City…

Find out about careers in the motor industry…

Not Going To Uni…

Online guide that offers you advice on how to become an apprentice…

National Careers Service…

Advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding…