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 Trainee 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.
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 will ask you to deliver a presentation following your successful Aptitude Test. These schemes include Trainee Admin and Information Technology Assistant. The presentation is only about 5 minutes long and about yourself and we will give you specific information, requirements and tips and advice beforehand to help you do your best. Preparation is key for this stage. We don’t expect anyone to be a professional presenter but, the more you practise, the better your presentation will be on the day. Practise your delivery in front of friends or family; it may seem silly but it can really help you get used to speaking in front of an audience. You should wear smart, office clothing for your presentation stage and you can request any particular presentation equipment in advance from our Trainee Programmes Team.
Practical Skills Test
Some schemes, such as Trainee Maintenance Technician and Trainee Manufacturing Staff, 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.
Production Line Trial
If you have been successful at the practical skills test you will now take part in a Production Line Trial. This is for Trainee Manufacturing Staff only. This is your chance to see what life will be like for you at NMUK, 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 3 to 4 hours but you will have full guidance and instruction on the day.
Interview or Assessment Day
Congratulations! 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 NMUK 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 NMUK begins.