Apprenticeships at the Vehicle Certification Agency

Achieve success with a VCA apprenticeship and earn while you learn. Benefit from on-the-job experience and training with speciality experts, whilst working towards a nationally recognised qualification.

Choose a journey with us where you can gain a qualification at the same time as learning on the job and earning.

Begin your journey with us

Apprenticeships are a popular choice for individuals starting out in their career or looking to diversify and progress in a field of expertise. Choose a journey with us where you can gain a qualification at the same time as learning on the job and earning.

Tailored to areas of our work, including engineering, finance and human resources; we can deliver vocational training alongside tuition from academic institutes. As you embark on a clear progression path within your role, we don’t just stop there. You will be given every opportunity to carry out additional training and qualifications, reaching your maximum potential.

Not only does our scheme offer all the benefits working for the Civil Service, but you will also join us as a permanent employee. Become a valued member of our team today and start making a difference.

Meet our Apprentices

Have a look below to see what our current apprentices have to say!


    My favourite aspect of my apprenticeship is that I’m in the driving seat; there is great flexibility to seek out exciting learning opportunities beyond the classroom, in a dynamic way that works for me alongside my professional and personal commitments.


    Propulsion Technology Group Engineer


      I didn’t want to go university full time and I really wanted to start working, so the apprenticeship route was the best option for me. My favourite part of doing this apprenticeship is that I didn’t just get to learn about operational delivery, but also learn a lot of life skills that will help me in the future.


      Certification Administrative Officer

      Meet Olly

      Meet Olly, our Propulsion Technologies Group Engineer, currently completing an apprenticeship at the VCA for his Level 6 Electromechanical Engineering with the University of Warwick.

      Current Programmes

      Applications are closed at the present time – Please register your interest using the options below.

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      If you are interested in joining the VCA, sign up to be the first to hear when new opportunities emerge.

      Create a job alert

      All VCA jobs are listed on the Civil Service Jobs website. Once you have created an account, click on the link below to create a job alert. Remember to choose ‘Vehicle Certification Agency’ in the Department filter.

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      Benefits of working for VCA

      Competitive salary

      A competitive salary and a range of potential allowances.


      Up to 30 days annual leave (with a minimum of 25 days). An opportunity to buy and sell annual leave.

      A Civil Service Pension

      Read more about Civil Service Pensions.

      Flexible working

      Including flexi-time and home working (subject to operational requirements).

      Family friendly policies

      Family friendly policies to support maternity, paternity and shared parental leave.

      Skills allowance

      Earn more with our range of additional annual allowances (Subject to role) including our Engineering Skills Allowance.

      Employee discount scheme

      Discounts on a range of products and service through our employee discount scheme.

      Health and wellbeing support

      Access to an Employee Assistance Programme, supporting a range of well-being needs.

      Staff recognition

      Local Recognition Award payments for individuals or teams.

      Free Parking

      Free onsite parking and reduced rates for vehicle charging at our larger sites.

      Cycle to work scheme

      Save money on a new bike and spread the cost over monthly tax-free instalments.

      Corporate Clothing

      Annual corporate clothing allowance.

      Learning and Development

      Structured development plans and time for learning and development.

      External Training

      Opportunities to attend external training courses.

      Volunteering time

      Up to 3 days per year volunteering time.

      Networking Groups

      Access to a range of Civil Service and Department for Transport network groups.

      Apprenticeship Application Process

      How to apply


      Application submission and sift

      As part of the application process, you will be asked to supply your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and provide a personal statement. For the personal statement, you will be asked to provide examples against the criteria listed in the “How to Apply” section of the advert.

      If you pass the initial application sift, you’ll be invited to attend an in-person assessment.


      In-person assessment

      We will assess your suitability using success profiles to evaluate your behaviours, experience and strengths.

      Click here to find out more about Success Profiles on the GOV.UK website.



      If you are successful at interview, you will be sent a provisional offer. Once you have accepted this, the onboarding process for you joining the agency will begin. Once complete, you will be sent a formal offer and a member of the HR team will arrange a phone conversation to discuss the terms and conditions of your employment.

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      Applying to the VCA

      Help, guidance and tips on what to do when applying as well as further information about life and careers within the civil service.

      Next Steps

      If you are interested in applying for one of our roles, we’d love to hear from you. Please keep an eye on this page and Civil Service Jobs for opportunities at the VCA.