Volvo Penta Industrial Apprenticeship Programme

Programme overview
Here at Volvo Penta Industrial we pride ourselves on product innovation and excellence. We provide a commitment to our customers that they will always receive the best service levels – to do this we must ensure that our people are trained to the highest possible standards.

A successful business demands a skilled workforce to improve its bottom line. A skilled workforce demands training and knowledge. That is why we created the Volvo Penta Industrial Apprenticeship Programme.

We provide all our apprentices with the skills needed to become fully qualified and competent individuals with a secure vocation at Volvo Penta. A Volvo Penta Industrial trained apprentice will become a top-class asset to our business for years to come, we like to invest well into our future.

Every day, thousands of Volvo Penta Industrial engines power diverse applications around the UK and Ireland. Using leading, cutting edge technology our industrial engine business is an exciting industry to be part of.

Industrial Land Based Service Engineer Advanced Apprenticeship Programme 3 years

All aspects of industrial technology are embedded in this dedicated programme with a focus on electronics, diagnostics and computer management systems.

  • Working in a dealership – on the job training in a workshop, gaining hands on experience under the supervision of a trained mentor.
  • Three week blocks of residential training at the world renowned Reaseheath College covering technology in engines, driveline systems and the latest diagnostic techniques. Also encompassing service, maintenance installation & repair.
  • Additional Volvo Penta specific training at Volvo Penta’s UK & Ireland HQ encompassing topics such as electrical architecture, emission systems using state of the art diagnostic tooling.

Reaseheath College – Volvo Penta Industrial training partner

Reaseheath College is one of the UK’s leading specialist land-based colleges, based in Nantwich, Cheshire. Reaseheath has an excellent reputation for its engineering courses. It is the perfect partner for Volvo Penta Industrial in delivering the apprenticeship scheme and the perfect place for you to develop your career. Reaseheath College has recently invested £8 million into a brand new Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre which is one of the most sophisticated education centres of its type in Britain. You will become part of a vibrant student life where you will have many opportunities to meet new people and make friends.

What are the benefits?

  • Full time employment at a Volvo Penta Industrial dealer
  • Competitive salary
  • Holiday pay
  • Residential training with expert support and guidance
  • Internationally recognised accreditation
  • Fully paid training course, including all qualification fees and accomodation
  • Transferable skills to prepare you for working in the industrial engine industry
  • Manufacturer training at Volvo Penta HQ training facility

Qualifications and accreditation

At Volvo Penta Industrial, we have built a culture based on quality, safety, and care for the environment along with a total respect for the individual. If you want to progress, then we will do everything we can to help you achieve your goals.

With a network of over 40 Volvo Penta Workshops throughout the UK & Ireland, and many more worldwide, completing an apprenticeship could be the beginning of your path to new roles, teams, skills and opportunities across the business.

On successfully completing the Volvo Penta Industrial Apprentice Programme, you will have gained recognised national qualifications in the industrial industry:

  • Industrial Land Based Service Engineer Advanced Apprenticeship Programme Level 3 (Construction and Plant) awarding body Lantra

In addition, Volvo Penta holds an event where you and your family will be invited to a special graduation day to receive your certificates and possibly a special merit award at the end of your apprenticeship.

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Apply for apprenticeship at one of these dealerships

To apply for an Industrial apprenticeship, please email a covering letter and a copy of your CV to one of the hiring dealers below.

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Where will I work?

In order to gain a place on the Apprenticeship programme, a Volvo Penta Industrial Dealer must sponsor you. Here, you will be a full time employee of the dealer from day one and become part of the technical team while you train.

Where do I complete my training?

You will carry out your training in three, three week blocks at Reaseheath College. Reaseheath College is equipped with the latest equipment and you will have use of the most up to date information and tooling. You will also spend time at Volvo Penta UK & Ireland’s HQ training facility receiving bespoke manufacturer training.

Where is Reaseheath College Located?

The college is located at Nantwich, Cheshire. It is a modern professional college with great facilities You can find out a little more about the college on the website

Will I be a paid employee at the dealership?

Yes. All apprentices who are successful in gaining a position at a Volvo Penta Industrial dealership will be contracted and paid as a full time employee with that dealer.

What qualifications do I achieve?

If you choose to study the industrial sector, you will achieve an Industrial Land Based Service Engineering (Construction & Plant) Technician Qualification level 3 Advanced.

Does my training stop once I’m qualified?

No, it doesn't. At Volvo Penta Industrial you will be encouraged to increase your knowledge with future technical training courses, at their UK headquarters in Warwick. The opportunities within a global organisation like Volvo are endless. For the right, focused individuals we can offer a clear career path that may even lead to product or training specialist at Volvo.

Are there other benefits to me?
  • Full time employment at an authorised dealer
  • Block release tuition
  • An international recognised accreditation
  • Fully paid for training course, all qualification fees and accommodation.
  • Team building and special events
How frequently will I be on block, and how long is a block?

Attendance at Reaseheath College will be on a block release basis. Apprentices’ will be required to attend Reaseheath on a three-week block, three times a year. Accommodation and travel cost(s) will be covered by the company. Apprentices stay at the college Monday-Thursday night and return home Friday for the weekends.

Where will I stay during block?

Apprentices will stay in student accommodation in the college grounds.

How will I get to Reaseheath College?

Your travel arrangements will be arranged in advance by your dealership, and depending on where your dealership is based, you may be travelling by car, bus or train.


If apprentices choose to drive to college, you should ensure that their insurance covers for business use. Parking is available at the college free of charge.


The nearest train station to the college is Crewe Railway Station. Train travel will be booked in advance through the company. A bus is available every Monday morning to collect apprentices from the train station. It will also take apprentices back to the station on Friday afternoon.

How much will the training cost me?
The training is completely free of charge and paid for by Volvo. The only cost to you is your dedication and commitment to succeed.
What Benefits will I receive?

Mentoring/Buddy Scheme – Your Volvo Penta Industrial Dealer provides continuous support to their apprentices to ensure that they receive the best experience possible and develop to the best of their ability at every opportunity.

Expert Lecturers – All Reaseheath Lectures are experienced in their industries; therefore they truly understand how apprentices need to develop and assist

Salary – Our apprenticeship(s) give apprentices the opportunity to earn whilst you are learning. 

Be part of our brand – Our apprenticeships offer the opportunity to work for a premium brand that values their employees’ development, whilst being involved with one of the best Apprenticeship Programmes’ in the UK.

What are the requirements?
To enrol for the Volvo Penta Industrial Apprenticeship you must be aged 16 or over and have the right attitude to learn, by showcasing determination and commitment to succeed.