Apprenticeships at the Vehicle Certification Agency

Begin your journey with us…

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Begin your journey with us…

How it works?

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

      HR Staff

      Apprentice Certification Engineer

      Contract type: Apprenticeship
      Job gradeAdministrative Officer
      Salary: £23,847
      Business area: VCA Bristol Operations
      Number of jobs available: 2

      Benefits of working for VCA

      Salary & pension

      A highly competitive salary and pension scheme


      Up to 30 days annual leave a year plus 8 bank holidays

      Working from home

      The opportunity to work from home for 60% of your working week (subject to operational requirements).


      A choice of when to start and end work outside of certain core hours (subject to operational requirements).

      Family friendly policies

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

      Employee discount scheme

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

      Employee Assistance Programme

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

      Buy and sell annual leave

      An opportunity to buy and sell annual leave

      Free Parking

      Free onsite parking for all employees

      Free eye tests

      Free eye tests for all employees

      Help & Support

      Help and support from the Charity for Civil Servants

      Corporate Clothing

      Annual corporate clothing allowance

      Development plan

      A personalised development plan when you join


      Access to a broad network of eLearning through the Civil Service

      External Training

      Opportunities to attend external training courses to develop your knowledge

      Networking Groups

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

      Application Process

      How to apply


      Submit your application

      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.

      You’ll only move on to the next round if you’ve successfully passed the previous one. If you pass the initial application sift, you’ll be invited to attend an interview.



      At interview, we will assess your suitability using success profiles to assess 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.

      Staff members

      Support with your application

      Some tips on what to do when applying for a job at the VCA

      More help and guidance about how to apply, as well as further information about life and careers within the civil service, can be found on the Civil Service Careers website

      Next Steps

      If you are interested in applying for one of our programmes, we’d love to hear from you. If there are currently none open for applications, please keep an eye on this page or Civil Service Jobs