Volvo Penta Marine Apprenticeship Programme

Programme overview
Here at Volvo Penta Marine, 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 Marine 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 Marine. A Volvo Penta Marine 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 marine engines power diverse applications around the UK and Ireland. With leading, cutting edge technology, the marine industry is an exciting one to be part of!

Marine Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Programme up to 4 years

All aspects of marine 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.
  • 10 day blocks of residential training at Bournemouth & Poole College covering everything from technology in marine engines to engine details and components.
  • Additional Volvo Penta specific training at Volvo Penta’s UK & Ireland HQ encompassing topics such as propulsion systems and the latest diagnostic techniques. Also service, maintenance installation & repair.

Bournemouth & Poole College – Volvo Penta Marine training partner

Based at Bournemouth & Poole College the fully equipped workshops allow you to work on the latest Volvo Penta Marine engines, drivelines and propulsion systems with the most up to date equipment and tools.

The marine industry is constantly changing, and we are committed to giving you an innovative training programme that keeps up with them. That is why your lectures always have the latest knowledge on our products to enhance your training experience.

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 dealer
  • Competitive salary
  • Holiday pay
  • 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 marine industry

Qualifications and accreditation

At Volvo Penta Marine, we have built a culture based on quality, safety, and care for the environment and 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 Marine Apprentice Programme, you will have gained recognised national qualifications in the marine industry:

Marine Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 Awarding body City & Guilds

In addition, Volvo Penta Marine 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.

Secure your future and develop your potential through our unbeatable opportunities, unrivalled experience and unique journeys today.

Apply for apprenticeship at one of these dealerships

To apply for a Marine 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 local Volvo Penta Marine dealership 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 at Bournemouth & Poole College. The centre is equipped with the latest Volvo Penta products and you will have use of the most up to date equipment and tools. You will also be trained by experienced lectures, with the latest industry knowledge.

You can find out a little more about the college & course 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 Marine dealership will be contracted and paid as a full time employee with that dealer.

What qualifications do I achieve?

You will achieve a City & Guilds Advanced Marine Engineering Level 3 Diploma. The duration of this qualification will be 4 years. At the end of your fourth year, you will become a fully qualified Volvo Penta Marine Engineer. The qualification is recognised and highly valued throughout the marine industry.

Does my training stop once I’m qualified?

No, it doesn't. At Volvo Penta Marine 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 Bournemouth & Poole College will be on a block release basis. Apprentices will be required to attend college on a 10 day block, eight times a year. Accommodation and travel cost(s) will be covered by the company. Apprentices stay at the college Monday-Friday and can return home for the weekend.

Where will I stay during block?
Apprentices will stay in student accommodation.
How will I get to Bournemouth & Poole 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, train or air.
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 airport is Bournemouth/Southampton.
The nearest train station to the college is Parkstone Train Station. Train travel will be booked in advance through the company.
What Benefits will I receive?
Mentoring/Buddy Scheme – Volvo Penta Marine dealers provide 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.

Ready to study facilities - Bournemouth & Poole College

Expert Lecturers – Our lectures are experienced in the marine industry, therefore they truly understand how apprentices need to develop and assist by delivering “Award-Winning” training.

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 the best Apprenticeship Programmes’ in the UK.

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