Life as an apprentice

Life as an apprentice at Nissan is much more than just training. Our apprentices are exposed to real-world conditions – whether you’re on the Production Line, working across the Plant, or based in a busy office. This unique experience means you’ll pick up valuable skills that you’ll need for the duration of your career – all while training for qualifications and building your future at Nissan.

Our schemes are demanding and you’ll need drive and determination to succeed but you’ll be rewarded with a whole host of exciting enrichment opportunities alongside your work.


At Nissan, we pride ourselves on offering generous benefits to our employees – and our apprentices are no exception. During your apprenticeship you’ll have access to some amazing perks.


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

Enrichment activities

Our apprentices take part in a variety of activities designed to enrich your life at Nissan and help you get the most out of your apprenticeship. You’ll have opportunities to take part in a wide range of team building, social and CSR activities to name a few – and that’s in addition to the extra support we offer through our Learner Voice programme and dedicated app.


Social and team building

All our apprentices attend a residential team building session at Derwent Hill, taking part in outdoor activities like gorge walking, orienteering, raft building and rope courses as well as problem solving activities. It’s a fantastic opportunity to improve communication skills, network and have fun. We also hold celebration events to recognise the achievements and success of apprentices.


At Nissan there are always opportunities to take part in activities that allow you to give back to the local community while gaining valuable life skills. Organisations we’ve worked with include Sunderland BID, HSBC and YGAM to name a few.

Learner Voice

Our Learner Voice programme offers apprentices a safe space in which they can provide feedback on their scheme and suggest any improvements. This allows us to continue to develop our schemes to ensure a positive experience for apprentices.

Mental health first aiders

All members of the apprenticeship team are mental health first aid trained allowing us to effectively support apprentices and spot any signs of mental health concerns.


You'll have access to our bespoke app aimed to enhance the learning experience by giving you easy access to content essential to both your job and college work.

Application Process
What we're looking for

We’re looking for enthusiastic applicants who aren’t afraid to get stuck in and learn. You’ll also need to demonstrate that you have the focus and determination to commit to your apprenticeship and the resilience to overcome any challenges you may face on your scheme.

At NMUK we embrace diversity and value respect and are always striving to show empathy towards different views. You will be expected to share these values from day one so it’s important you demonstrate this throughout the application process.


Firstly, you will fill out an online application form. You will be provided with clear instructions and given a deadline by which everything needs to be completed.

You will need to upload a CV and covering letter, as well as answer some short questions to check your suitability for the role. Use your application to highlight key points that show us why you would be a perfect fit for one of the Nissan Apprenticeship Schemes and ensure it is accurate and contains your most up-to-date information. Try to do some research on NMUK and ask advice on your application from family and friends. All of this will help you put in a great application.

Our Apprenticeship Programmes Team will then review your application against set criteria and will be in touch with you shortly after.

Please note – You must be in a position to prove your right to live and work in the UK. You will be asked to bring evidence of this if invited to interview.

Aptitude tests

If your application is successful then you will be invited to attend an aptitude test at our Sunderland plant. Please do not worry about this stage! We will offer you tips and advice beforehand, as well as giving you the chance to have a go at some practice questions. We want to do everything we can to help you be prepared and, don’t forget, everyone is in the same boat as you.

The test lasts somewhere between 30-60 minutes and will be carried out under exam conditions, but there are opportunities to ask questions before and after the session. The results from this test help us to check how well suited you are for the relevant Nissan Apprenticeship Scheme. The most important thing is to enjoy the session, be honest and give it your best shot. There is no particular dress code for this stage.


For some schemes we may ask you to deliver a five minute presentation following your successful aptitude test. We will give you specific information, requirements and tips and advice beforehand to help you do your best. You should wear smart, office clothing for your presentation stage.

Practical skills test and production line trial

Some schemes, such as Maintenance Technician and Manufacturing, will require you to do a practical skills test. This test will assess your hand skills and your ability to follow instructions. There isn’t a lot you can do to prepare for this beforehand: our best tip would just be to listen to the person facilitating the test on the day and try to relax. You don’t need to dress smartly for the practical skills test, just wear something comfortable.

If you have been successful at the practical skills test you will now take part in a production line trial. This is for Manufacturing Apprentices only. This is your chance to see what life will be like for you at Nissan and for Supervisors and Team Leaders to assess your ability to work as part of a team. Your enthusiasm for the job and your potential to carry out production assignments will also be assessed. You will be provided with personal protective equipment on the day, but you will need to dress casually in clothes that are comfortable. The line trial usually lasts three to four hours but you will have full guidance and instruction on the day.

Interview or assessment day

It is a fantastic achievement to make it through to the interview or assessment day stage of our apprentice recruitment process and these stages are usually the last ones for you to showcase yourself.

For some schemes you will be invited to take part in an assessment day rather than just an interview. These days typically consist of a presentation by us to explain life at Nissan and the Apprenticeship Scheme in more detail, followed by a group exercise and a one-on-one interview.

Preparation for the interview stage is critical to ensure you demonstrate your qualities and personal attributes to the best of your ability. We advise you to do some research about our Company and the apprenticeship in which you have applied for. It also helps to settle any interview day nerves too, so our advice is to prepare, prepare and prepare! Try to think about the types of questions we may be asking you, and don’t be afraid to ask advice from friends and family too. The interview is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you may have, so maybe jot down anything you would like to know more about. Stay calm, we are a friendly bunch and we can’t wait to meet you on the day!

Job offer and medical

Congratulations you’ve got the job! This means you have met all of our requirements and we’re impressed with what you’ve shown us. You will receive a conditional job offer subject to providing evidence of qualifications, your right to work in the UK and passing a medical. Initially this will be made over the phone and you will be given details to invite you to the 1 ½ hour medical. A medical is mandatory for all new starters as we operate at a production site. A contract will then be sent in the post, which you need to sign and send back to us. At this point the pressure is off; your time can be spent preparing for your apprenticeship but still check your post and emails for updates and additional requests. Remember we are still here to answer any queries you may have before and throughout your apprenticeship. Now relax and enjoy your time off before your adventure at Nissan begins.

Welcome Evening

We will invite you to a Welcome Evening for your scheme where you can bring a parent or guardian, grab a coffee and biscuit, and have a chat with the Apprenticeships Team and Supervisors from the departments who can answer any questions you may have.

First day

Your first day has arrived! We understand it can be daunting but don’t worry – our Security Team at the front gate will be expecting you and will direct you to where you need to go. Over the next two weeks you will complete an induction with ourselves and NA College, comprising tours, safety briefings and completion of important paperwork.