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How to break into the automotive industry.

The automotive industry has an impressive history, and it continues to be a strong one to work within. If you’re interested you may be intrigued as to where to start and how to get your ‘foot in the door’. You may already be passionate about cars and have always considered a career within this industry.

If you want an insight into the types of roles available then you can view some current roles available at Listers below:

Vehicle Technician

Our Vehicle Technicians are responsible for the repair, servicing and diagnostics of all vehicles in our workshops. The role requires the employee to carry out routine vehicle service and maintenance, inspecting components for wear and tear and supporting internal departments and fellow employees.

The qualifications needed for our Vehicle Technicians are a Level 3 NVQ or equivalent, in vehicle maintenance and repair. The candidate must hold a full UK driving license and if they can demonstrate an understanding and ability to carry out the role, further training can be provided to help their career.

Sales Executive

To become a Sales Executive, great communication skills are an advantage and you must be able to build trust and demonstrate the ability to achieve targets. This role is suitable for those who have been a retail or sales manager previously and must have a valid UK driving license.

Qualifications are not specifically needed for this role but the ability to build rapport with customers is vital.

Vehicle Technician
Accounts Assistant

Accounts Assistant

Our Account Assistants are responsible for various tasks, such as daily banking, posting band transactions, handling cash and resolving supplier queries. The position is ideal for someone who is currently working in or has worked for a finance department previously. When applying for an Accounts Assistant role, the candidate must have excellent numeracy skills, attention to detail, be able to prioritise workload and have a minimum one year’s experience in a similar role.

You can view all of our latest opportunities by clicking here: Current Opportunities.

If you are a hands-on, practical type of person then becoming a Vehicle Technician may be for you, but if you are more people-orientated then maybe management or sales is would be more your thing.

Do your research.

Researching the roles and companies you see yourself working for will help you choose a career path. For example, at Listers we have a variety of roles available with access to further training schemes. We have opportunities for both experienced individuals and those who are keen to get involved as trainees. We pride ourselves on ensuring our employees are comfortable and confident, offering training whilst building on their skills needed to advance their careers.


A great way to get into the automotive industry is to network and speak to people who are in positions you see yourself in. By networking you can gain further advice, insight knowledge and quite possibly someone may recommend you to a particular company. This can be a great way to get your ‘foot in the door’.

Experience and qualifications.

Be aware that certain roles may need certain qualifications, for example, you may want to find and apply for courses in engineering or obtain a forklift license. Of course, qualifications are just half of what’s needed, depending on the role. Entry level roles can be a great way to learn and develop from the very basics, but roles above this will usually require experience. For those that have no experience then entry level roles or apprenticeships can be an essential step at gaining the relevant experience, to then progress further into the company.

There are various ways to get into the automotive industry, but remember to keep up-to-date with the latest news, build an interest in the industry and actively research the areas you see yourself in.

"Acquiring the right talent and developing them is key to our success. We look for many qualities but most importantly integrity, honesty and trust. At Listers we have an environment and culture that encourages our employees to stay, learn, progress and be a part of our long term growth. If you are looking for a career in the motor trade, there is no better place to be." - Dean Hadley, Talent and Resourcing Manager at Listers.

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Careers at Listers.

At Listers, we are committed to ensuring our employees feel confident, comfortable and supported. A family business since 1979, we are one of the largest privately owned motor retailer groups in the UK. We are growing at a phenomenal rate and our employees are at the heart of everything we do.

If you want to get involved and be a part of our company, then you can apply by viewing all our current opportunities or joining our talent community.

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