Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is piloting a nationwide internship programme offering college graduates experience at its Van Centre network.

The scheme has been launched in partnership with Autotech Academy, and is designed to give newly-qualified automotive students a route into full-time employment in the industry.

Ten paid interns are now in roles at Van Centres, and a further 20 locations have registered to take part, with plans for the scheme to grow throughout 2022.

The internship programme is in addition to VW’s existing apprenticeship scheme.

National aftersales manager Paul Anderson said: “This new internship scheme adds another element beyond our existing apprenticeship scheme, supporting those at the end of their college education into work. 

“By offering practical experience in paid employment to these interns, we are able to build a future pipeline that keeps talented technicians in the industry.

“Working in a Van Centre is an exciting, varied and evolving experience. Some people’s perceptions of workshops continue to be very outdated, and we’re excited to show a new generation of technicians and sales and service staff what it’s really like. 

“Skills gained via apprenticeships or internships open up many opportunities for the future in a modern, electric and digital company.”