Vauxhall apprenticeships groom leaders of tomorrow


Phil Millward, Human Resources Director at Vauxhall

National Apprenticeship Week got off to a great start on Monday 6 February, with Vauxhall offering exciting opportunities at its UK sites for bright, young talent.


Phil Millward, Vauxhall’s Human Resources Director – who himself started his career at Vauxhall as an engineering apprentice at our Ellesmere Port plant 43 years ago – spoke about our broad apprenticeship programme. He was accompanied by two young Vauxhall apprentices, James Crimes and Dan Johnson, who are both training for a diploma in mechanical and electrical engineering.

As well as manufacturing and engineering programmes, Vauxhall is now also offering commercial apprenticeships for the second year running. Last year, as many as 124 places were filled, with apprentices taking up training at five different sites in Bedfordshire and Cheshire as well as at Retailers’ nationwide.


As Phil points out, “apprenticeship programmes offer a very attractive alternative to university study. Young people receive valuable tuition at partner educational institutions whilst training on the job. And they receive support and advice from the team as well as an attractive compensation and benefits package. At the end of the cycle, most apprentices stay within the business, well suited to become our leaders of tomorrow.”