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VCA Graduate Training Scheme



Joining the Vehicle Certification Agency, 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. 

Will Hughes, Graduate Type Approval Engineer, joined 2016

The best thing about working for VCA is the variety. As there are so many aspects to regulating vehicles, safety or environmental, the breadth of different tests that can be seen on a daily-basis is quite staggering! This, in itself, provides a fantastic opportunity to learn about a highly diverse range of vehicle-based technology, from cutting-edge OEMs. The learning never ends!

About VCA – What do we do?

The Vehicle Certification Agency, part of the Department for Transport, is the designated UK Vehicle Type Approval Authority.  This means we test vehicles and components against a huge range of standards including crash testing (1), brake testing (2) and emissions testing (3).

(1) Crash test


(2) Brake Test

Brake test


(3) Emissions test


We have offices all over the world including the UK, USA, Korea, Japan, China, Italy, India and Australia.  Working for the VCA, you will have the opportunity to work with a variety of manufacturers and vehicle types from hatchbacks to supercars, hearses to fire appliances, trailers to tractors. 

The civil service is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

How to Apply and Next Steps

To apply please go to the Civil Service job site.  For more information, contact Graduate Scheme Coordinator via


To find out more information about the graduate scheme please click on the links below:

VCA Graduate Scheme

About our scheme

Graduate requirements

Our graduates

Graduate benefits