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VCA Graduate Training Scheme

Graduate requirements

About you

  • 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. 

Core Civil Service framework: 

Delivering at Pace:

  • Take ownership of problems in their own area of responsibility
  • Remain positive and focused on achieving outcomes despite setbacks
  • Set and achieve challenging goals and monitor quality

Making Effective Decisions:

  • Examine complex information and obtain further information to make accurate decisions
  • Explain clearly, verbally and in writing, how a decision has been reached

Working together

  • Readily identify opportunities to share knowledge, information and learning and make progress by working with colleagues 
  • Take responsibility for creating a working environment that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion

Communicating and influencing

  • Provides objective and balanced information, advises senior colleagues and provides factual answers to questions relating to their work. Identifies when a question has controversial/political/commercial implications and handles appropriately
  • Understands the risks associated with their area and identifies who needs to be aware of risks and clearly communicates risk to the right people at the right time

Science and Engineering framework:

Applying scientific and technical knowledge:

  • Understands and objectively applies basic scientific/technical principles e.g. gathering information, building evidence, analysing information, evaluating the validity of a technique, designing an experiment, defining a theory
  • Makes decisions on how to conduct work within their specific tasks
  • Makes suggestions on the running of the project

Securing, maintaining and developing relevant technical expertise:

  • Maintains up to date scientific/engineering knowledge
  • Actively pursues CPD where appropriate
  • Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the data and research in their specific field


How to Apply and Next Steps

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


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