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Special Skills (Manufacturing) Apprentice - Vehicle Repair (start date Sept 24)

Vehicle Repair pathway

This pathway will see you working in either Quality Assurance or on the Final Line, identifying and carrying out vehicle repairs and gaining valuable industry knowledge in repair standards across all parts of the car.

Starting Salary of over £16,000
38 hours
Nissan Sunderland
Production Apprentices
Date Listed
20 November 2023
29 February 2024
2 Years


Our Special Skills apprenticeship offers you the chance to specialise in one of three crucial aspects of manufacturing at our Sunderland plant – vehicle repair, panel repair and paint spraying. Work on the line is incredibly fast paced and you’ll need excellent attention to detail to make sure each and every car we build reaches the high level of quality our customers expect from us. Through a combination of on-the-job training in the plant and day release at college (one day per week), you’ll gain the specialist skills you need to work with state-of-the art equipment across the plant and become an important member of our team. An apprenticeship in Special Skills at Nissan will provide you with great opportunity to become a true expert in your chosen area. This apprenticeship will provide you with a foundation from which you can progress in the manufacturing environment, using your skills to support the ever-evolving techniques and practices as part of our world class production facilities. You will have potential to support others, demonstrating your skills and sharing your knowledge both with your team, and cross functionally. Your special skills will ensure Nissan continues to go from strength to strength with our award-winning productivity.

What you’ll need

Entry requirements – 4 GCSEs or equivalent

• Mathematics (Grade A-D or 3 min)

• English Language (Grade A-D or 3 min)

• Two other subjects (Grade A-D or 3 min), one to be a science subject


Level 2 Functional skills

You will be requested to provide copies of your certificates before you start the apprenticeship – if your grades are predicted we will ask for certificates once you have your exam results.

What you’ll achieve* – Vehicle Repair

• L2 Lean Manufacturing Operative Apprenticeship

• L3 Improvement Technician

• L2 Team Leading or L4 Improvement Practitioner

(Performance Depending)

*may be subject to change

What you’ll be doing

Special Skills is a two-year scheme, that’s been specially developed by Nissan in conjunction with a local college which combines theoretical and practical skills. You will gain valuable insight into all aspects of your chosen specialism.   You’ll also acquire the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work as a key member of our Special Skills teams here at Nissan.

Additional benefits:

  • A competitive salary (increased every six months based on
  • performance) starting salary 16k+
  • Paid overtime and shift allowance (if applicable)
  • 26 days’ holidays per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Off-site social and team building events
  • Opportunities to take part in CSR activities
  • Progressive training and development
  • Access to our on-site sports and social complex
  • Uniform and PPE provided


Your application should include:

  • Your up-to-date CV; including predicted or achieved grades for ALL qualifications.


Communication with you in relation to your application will be via email. Please ensure that the email address you provide is the one your wish all communication to be sent (Ensure you check your mailbox on a regular basis)


If you have any queries, please contact

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on 29th February 2024

Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Applicants must be 16 or over at the start of the apprenticeship. The recruitment process is carried out at Nissan Sunderland Plant SR5 3NS and you must be prepared to attend assessments as required.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and proof will be requested during the selection process.

NMUK have a zero tolerance approach to the misuse of drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

We carry out pre-employment testing for the use of drugs and alcohol during the recruitment process.

Should you fail the drugs and alcohol test, your application will not be progressed, any offer will be withdrawn and you will not be employed by NMUK.

Benefits at a glance...

Competitive salary (increased every six months based on performance)
Paid overtime and shift allowance (if applicable)
26 days' holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
Residential team building trip to Derwent Hill
Social and celebration events
Opportunities to take part in CSR activities
Progressive training and development
Access to our on-site sports and social complex
Uniform and PPE provided

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