A vehicle parts advisor gives customers advice, orders required parts and accessories and keeps track of stock.
You could be:
receiving and unloading new stock deliveries
sorting and storing vehicle parts and materials
recording on computer the numbers, names and location of items
dealing with requests for parts and materials from motor mechanics or customers on the phone or by email
providing quotations for customers and perhaps giving them advice
selling parts to customers including garages, dealerships and members of the public
putting orders together and making deliveries
raising invoices for stock that is sold
noting which stock is running low and ordering replacement stock in good time.
The figures below are only guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries may be based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £5.28 an hour (1 April 2023). Trainee vehicle parts operatives earn around £9,000 to £14,000 a year.
With experience, this can rise to between £16,000 and £25,000 a year. Managers can earn up to £28,000 a year or more . You may earn extra through bonus payments.
You would work in a vehicle service department at a reception desk.
You will also go into the warehouse to fetch parts.
You will work about 40 hours a week and sometimes do overtime.
You might have to work shifts.
You would be bending, lifting and carrying heavy items.
If entering through a Modern Apprenticeship, you would train both on the job and attend college or training centre on a day or block release basis.
You would complete Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Vehicle Parts Operations at SCQF Level 6.
You could study the Foundation Apprenticeship in Automotive (SCQF Level 4) in S3-S6, which can help to get into a relevant Modern Apprenticeship.
You may work towards the IMI Parts Accreditation. This involves sitting practical exams and completing online knowledge tests to become a Technician. There are two levels of job roles within IMI Accreditation Parts: Parts and Senior Parts.
You will need to keep up to date with training and knowledge throughout your career.
After getting experience, you could become a supervisor or a manager, or move into a more customer-focussed role.
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