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Skillnet supports UK companies recruiting automotive, engineering, logistics, support services, business and leadership apprentices at all levels.

School leavers 

They support school leavers with their Apprenticeships, from induction through to qualification. Apprentices have full access to the training resources relating to their specialised areas through online learning, as well as discussions with a Skills Coach every month. Their training centres cover the UK, and offer excellent facilities for light vehicle and heavy vehicle technical training.

Work Experience/Study Programmes

Skillnet Traineeships are short, flexible education programmes aimed at 16 to 18 year-olds. They were introduced in the UK to help young people develop and learn the essential skills that will help them find a career. These can include soft skills, such as organisation and communication, as well as support for basic qualifications, particularly in Maths and English.

A traineeship can also involve interview preparation, and help with filling out application forms for further education schemes. Trainees have the opportunity to showcase their skills to employers though short work-experience placements. Therefore, a traineeship can be considered as a pathway into further education programmes like Apprenticeships, and a first step towards a career.


  • Light Vehicle Technician
  • Heavy Vehicle Technician
  • Autocare Technician
  • Vehicle Paint Technician
  • Vehicle Panel Technician
  • Customer Service
  • Business Administration
  • Learning Mentor
  • Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Management

Higher Education

They offer a full range of non-technical training courses in management, team leading, customer service and business administration

Adult learners and Professional Qualifications

Support for Employers

In the automotive sector, they are proud to deliver the national Apprenticeship programmes for Ford Motor Company and DAF Trucks. In addition they deal with hundreds of independent garages and repair businesses across the UK. They also work with hundreds of employers in other industries that value people with the real skills that Apprenticeships bring.

Why Skillnet?

  • They are the UK’s largest provider of Apprenticeships to the automotive industry and have been providing award-winning Apprenticeship training for over 20 years. They operate nationally and offer a full range of recruitment and training services to employers and employees.
  • Each year they manage the training for more than 4,000 people, from school-leavers to experienced staff, with some of the best known brands in the country. Their clients range from very small businesses looking for their first recruits, to employers with a global presence who use Skillnet to provide national solutions to their Apprentice recruitment and training needs
  • They offer online learning content through their Virtual Learning Environment, which is aimed at increasing candidates’ skills in the workplace and developing personal attributes.
  • Their most recent Ofsted inspection in 2018 commented on their productive work with a range of major national employers and stated that Apprentices receive very good support from teachers, skills coaches and their employers.



My Apprenticeship has been more than I could ever have hoped for when I left school. Now that I have nearly completed it, I am looking forward to the advanced training courses that I will go on as part of my training plan. 

I feel I have made a massive improvement in myself as a person and as an Apprentice technician in my dealership. I am now confidently working on my own and making a difference to the team I work with on a daily basis.

Anthony Barnet 

HGV Technician

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