Mercedes-Benz dealership opens applications for apprenticeship scheme

Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd has opened applications to its apprenticeship scheme in Dartford, Sittingbourne, Ashford, and Tonbridge, starting in January 2023. Sparshatt Truck & Van Ltd is a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealership in Kent, servicing and maintaining Mercedes trucks and vans and supplying genuine Mercedes parts. They created the Sparshatt Training Academy to train apprentices and set them on a career path working on the worldwide brand Mercedes-Benz.

The programme is part of a series of investments from Sparshatt Truck & Van, including a GBP200,000 van workshop at their Sittingbourne site, a GBP330,000 state of the art Bodyshop, and a GBP2 million investment in their Dartford site. The Sparshatt Truck and Van three-year apprenticeship scheme provides a Level 3 qualification in Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance, awarded by the IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry). After the third year, successful apprentices are trained to use their new skills in the workplace during an 'Improver Year'.

While training, apprentices will work alongside a highly qualified Mercedes-Benz technician to learn to use the latest automotive technology with up-to-date tools and equipment. Apprentices will also be able to benefit from interest-free loans to help fund tools and toolboxes, as well a health cashback plan with access to wellbeing support via Simply Health, and access to the cycle to work scheme. They are also entitled to 24 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, and have full access to the new in-house gym in the Dartford depot.

Harry Deverill, a former apprentice under the scheme and now a Trainee Group Technical Specialist, said:

"I absolutely loved my time in the Sparshatt Training Academy. It helped kickstart my career as a Trainee Group Technical Specialist and gave me everything I need to work in the sector. It's great being paid to learn and the interest-free loans for tools are so helpful when you're just getting started.

Sparshatt really do everything they can to help their apprentices and I'm so grateful I had to opportunity to do this course. I'd definitely recommend the apprenticeship scheme to anyone thinking of going into mechanics. You get to work with a world-renowned company and it's a really great way to jumpstart your career."

Apprentice, Joey Savini, added:

"I'm really enjoying my time at Sparshatt Truck & Van.

I'm learning so much and I'm really glad I took the opportunity to learn here. It's really great to learn with Mercedes-Benz because it's such a big international company. I know I'm learning from the best and it's giving me the best possible start to my career.

I feel more confident about myself and my future having this course under my belt."

While apprentices learn, they will be given a weekly wage of GBP175 for a total of 40 hours per week. At the end of their three-year course, they will complete an end point assessment. If successful, they will then progress onto an 'improver year' to achieve the Mercedes-Benz Maintenance level qualification.

For January 2023, there are two opportunities available in Dartford, two opportunities in Sittingbourne, one in Ashford, and one in Tonbridge. Applications are open to anyone over 17-years-old with a grade C (or new grade 4) or above in GCSE English and Maths or an equivalent qualification. Successful candidates will show a mechanical aptitude, an interest and enthusiasm for the commercial vehicle industry, an ability to work in an organised way with an eye for detail, and good communication skills.

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