Petrol station sales assistant apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
You can learn some of the skills you need for this job by doing a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Retail Skills. You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent.
You may be able to get into this job through a retailer Level 2 apprenticeship. You'll usually need some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent.
You can apply directly to petrol station companies. Some employers may ask for GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths. Experience in retail sales, customer service or cash handling will be helpful.
Petrol station sales assistant apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention
- to detail
the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication skills
- maths knowledge
- a desire to help people
- the ability to sell products and services
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to be over 18 years of age. You may need a driving licence and access to a vehicle if you're working late nights or at a motorway service station.
Petrol station sales assistant apprenticeships - what you'll do
On shifts, you will:
- take cash and card payments for fuel
- sell products like food, drinks and newspapers
- re-stock shelves and fridges
- manage fuel and stock deliveries
- make basic forecourt and pump safety checks
- keep forecourt and shop areas clean and tidy
You could work at a store.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression - Petrol station sales assistant apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a shop supervisor then manager. Many petrol station are owned by supermarkets and you may have opportunities to work in the main store.