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Frequently asked questions

When does the Apprentice Programme start?

We recruit all throughout the year, depending on individual retailer requirements. Successful applicants are employed by a Peugeot, Citroen or DS retailer and start their Apprenticeship shortly afterwards. Off the job training blocks are scheduled to run in line with the academic year. An Assessor from the Peugeot Citroen DS Academy visits the Apprentice at their place of work to progress their on the job training.

Will I need to go away for training?

Yes. Off the job training is delivered in one week blocks, spread over the academic year at The Academy in Coventry. Accommodation is arranged ahead of each block of training. The cost of Accommodation is paid for by the employer.

What's involved in the Apprentice Programme?

Apprenticeships offered to employees in the Peugeot Citroen DS retailer network are taken in two stages. Each level of Apprenticeship consists of two qualifications, a VRQ which provides the Apprentice with the knowledge and skills for their chosen route, and an VCQ which consists of knowledge and competence units.

If you have any questions you can contact a member of the team at:

Peugeot Citroen DS Apprenticeship programme
The Academy, 280 Humber Road, Coventry, CV3 1BH
Tel: 024 76884652
Email : apprenticeships@mpsa.com

What qualifications will I be taking?

What will I earn?

Every Apprentice receives a competitive salary along with a host of useful benefits. For information on Apprenticeship earnings please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.

How do I apply?

All Apprentice vacancies for the Peugeot Citroen DS network are advertised on the National Apprentices website. To apply, you can use the Apply Now function on our website.

What is the recruitment process?

On receipt of your online application, we will check that you meet the minimum criteria and then the following will happen:

Each stage of the recruitment process is subject to passing the previous stage.

Where will I work?

If you are successful in your application, assessment and interview and are offered an Apprenticeship, you will be employed by and work at the retailer wherever that may be in the UK.

Where will I train?

You'll attend The Peugeot Citroen DS Academy to take the knowledge part of your Apprenticeship along with any additional qualifications needed as part of your framework. You'll also be visited in the work place by your Assessor who will take you through the competency based part of your qualification.

What is Block Training?

Apprentices attend their off-the job training at the Peugeot Citroen DS Academy in Coventry and these are in one week blocks at a time. The number of weeks of Block Training will depend on the Programme that the Apprentice has applied for.

The key benefit of Block Training is that an Apprentice gets a concentrated period of learning in our state of the art Academy. At the end of each Block Training week the Apprentice receives a detailed Module Report stating the subjects that have been covered, results of any exams that have been taken and feedback from the Trainer in terms of progression through the Programme.

Does the Apprentice Programme lead to a confirmed job offer?

Typically, a high percentage of Apprentices are offered a full employment contract at the end of their Apprenticeship period, but employment is not guaranteed.

How do I contact you for further general information?

If you have further questions that are not covered, please send them to the Apprenticeship Team at apprenticeships@mpsa.com

Are there any pre-requisites?

You will need 5 GCSE's or equivalent at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English.

You must also be able to provide evidence that you have or expect to gain the grades and qualifications required, and bring this with you if you are invited to the retailer for assessment/interview. If you have lost this documentation, then you should get some form of proof from your awarding body. Keep in mind that getting duplicates or proof of qualifications can take 6-8 weeks, so be sure to do this as early as you can.

Questions to ask the interviewer

The interview is a two-way process. The company interviewing you will want to find out whether you are suitable to the position and you will want to find out if the company and position are right for you. You should therefore ensure that you have enough information to make up your mind whether you want the job. For example:

Dealing with questions from an interviewer

Why do you want this job?

Think carefully about this question. Stress the positive aspects which have attracted you to applying for this position. Do not mention the negative aspects of your current job or the job in question.

What qualities do you think will be required for this job?

Their advertisement for the job may help you a little bit, but you should also think of the other qualities that may be required. These may include leadership ability, supervisory skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving, analytical skills, etc.

What can you contribute?

This is your chance to shine. Tell them about your achievements in your previous position(s) which are relevant to the new position you are applying for.

Why do you want to work for this company?

Emphasise the positive reasons why you want to join their company, but avoid aspects such as more money or shorter hours. These would not endear you to a prospective employer.

What do you know about this company?

This is your chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their company. Give them a rundown of their products/services, sales figures, news, company figures, customers, etc.

What interests you about our product (or service)?

Again, your research into the company should aid you in answering this question.

What can we (the new company) offer that your previous job cannot offer?

Tread carefully here! Again do not mention money. Stress opportunities for personal growth, new challenges, etc.

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