Graduate Training Scheme

The best thing about working for VCA is the variety

This page was last updated on 30th September 2020

When you join us, you will get stuck straight into on-the-job training with our engineers.  We test a huge variety of vehicles to European and Global standards.  You will have the opportunity to test vehicles in subjects including emissions, real world driving, noise, seat belt anchorage, lighting, tyres, electric vehicles and brakes.

The graduate scheme is a two year training scheme after which, subject to performance, you will remain in the team, taking on the full duties of a Type Approval Engineer. You will be supported in your journey to either Chartered (CEng) or Incorporated (IEng) status as you are assigned a mentor and will do a series of placements to build your skill base and see different sides of the automotive industry.

You will have the opportunity to do extensive travel both within the UK and internationally, working with some of the biggest names in the automotive industry.

Interested?

Find out what jobs are available on the Civil Service Careers website.

About You

If you are enthusiastic about your profession, curious to develop, and have ambition to progress, then we would like you in our team. To apply for our Graduate Scheme, you will need:

  • A 2:2 or higher (or expected) in an IMechE or IET accredited degree (Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering or any engineering discipline closely linked to those, including degrees with a focus on technologies relevant to connected or autonomous vehicles)
  • A UK driving licence or licence valid in the UK
  • A valid UK work permit
  • Ability to use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging technology
  • Ability to apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of engineering problems
  • Ability to provide technical and commercial leadership
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment
  • Willingness to travel: There is a lot of travel involved in this role, particularly in the first two years where you will be away on extended placements.

How to Apply and Next Steps

For more information, contact our Graduate Scheme Coordinator via graduates@vca.gov.uk

Image of VCA graduate Jacob Homan
The graduate scheme has allowed me to gain a wider understanding of the engineering processes that take place in the automotive sector across the world in order to be able to get a vehicle designed, built and approved for production.

In the two years on the scheme I have had the opportunity to work in a research facility, for a vehicle manufacturer, as an auditor, in London DfT offices and in the US VCA office. This has been a great opportunity to work with a variety of manufacturers and get hands on testing some of their vehicles.

All of this not only provided personal development and knowledge in the field but also progressed me towards chartered status with the IMechE.

I’m looking forward to finishing the scheme and becoming a type approval engineer.

Jacob Homan,
March 2020