Apprenticeships in Retail & Autocentres

Apprenticeships in Retail & Autocentres

Looking for hands-on experience, a salary, the opportunity to gain qualifications whilst you work and a fantastic career path? Our Apprenticeships in Retail and Autocentres offer e-learning, face-to-face training and qualifications. From there, a career with Halfords awaits. Start your journey here and go further, faster.

  • Retail Apprenticeships

    An Apprenticeship with Halfords offers hands-on experience, a salary, the opportunity to gain qualifications whilst you work and a fantastic career path. Supported and encouraged by your manager, an Apprenticeship Coach and colleagues, you’ll undertake:

    • A 12 month Apprenticeship – Gears 1 and Gears 2 training programme e-learning and face to face training modules.
    • Training in how to give the best ‘friendly expertise’ to each and every customer
    • A Level 2 qualification in Retail

    With the Apprenticeship Team supporting and guiding you throughout, you’ll immediately begin our in-house Gears training programme which is mapped to a Retail Level 2 qualification. Depending on the hours you work you could complete this in 12 months.

    Your apprenticeship covers skills, knowledge, employer rights and responsibilities, personal learning and thinking skills, and functional skills (unless you already have good Maths and English qualifications). On successful completion, we’ll look at next steps, talk about your career goals and see how Halfords can help you to achieve them.

    We believe in our Apprentice scheme so much that all of our new starters get exactly the same programme of learning whether or not they are eligible to join a formal Apprenticeship programme. Our Apprentices get £4,500 invested in them in learning, get free support to develop Maths and English skills (which would cost £1,000 each at college), one-to-one coaching from an experienced Apprentice Coach, an industry recognised qualification, an ongoing career at Halfords which could result in a technical specialist or leadership role and a proven advantage for future employability. Did you know that, according to Government research, a third of all apprentices receive a promotion within a year of finishing their Programme and in their lifetime can earn £150,000 more than their non-Apprentice peers?

    Along the way, you’ll enjoy some of the best working conditions and benefits in the industry, including:

    • Competitive pay
    • Performance Related Bonus and Incentives
    • Life Assurance
    • Contributory Pension Scheme
    • Enhanced maternity pay
    • Colleague assistance programme
    • A minimum of 20 days' holiday per year
    • Colleague discount at Halfords and Halfords Autocentres
    • Share Save scheme
    • Cycle2work scheme
    • Trade discount bikes
    • Deals on wheels, cheap shopping deals

    Apply for a Retail Apprenticeship.

  • Autocentre – Vehicle Technician Apprenticeships

    Our highly trained technicians at over 300+ Halfords Autocentres across England, Scotland and Wales, carry out MOTs, car servicing and repairs for over 750,000 customers a year.

    If you are fascinated by technology, have an inquiring mind and an interest in cars, you could be enjoying a job that is different every day.

    These practical, highly skilled roles ensure we deliver dealership quality work on any make or model of car. So, as a Halfords Autocentre Apprentice, you’ll get to master a range of technologies across all kinds of cars – that’s a lot of valuable, career building knowledge.

    Across both the Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll get 22 weeks of residential “off the job” training at our apprentice provider’s state of the art Automotive Training Centre in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. That training takes place over 3 ½ years in two week residential training blocks.

    You might also be given the opportunity to prove your ability through ATA assessment with the Institute of the Motor Industry, accelerated learning and qualification through apprenticeship. And you’ll qualify for Affiliated Membership of the Institute of the Motor Industry.


    Over three years, you’ll first study and achieve a Level 2 qualification (Apprenticeship), equivalent to five GCSEs, and including:

    • IMI Awards VCQ Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ, Vocational Competence Qualification, previously known as an NVQ).
    • IMI Awards VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ, Vocationally Related Qualification).
    • Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT at Level 1. This will take you approximately 24 months to complete.

    Advanced Apprenticeship

    On completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship, you’ll move on to the Advanced Apprenticeship which includes:

    • IMI Awards VCQ Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence (VCQ, Vocational Competence Qualification, previously known as an NVQ)
    • IMI Awards VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ, Vocationally Related Qualification)
    • Functional Skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT at Level 2. This will take you approximately 18 months to complete.

    We have completed our intake for 2018. Please check back in 2019 for details of how to apply.