Car valet

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Currently employed in Scotland

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What's it like?

You would make sure that people’s cars are clean inside and out so they look as good as new.

You’d use high-pressured hoses to wash the outside of the car and polish the metalwork with special waxes to make it shiny.

You would:

  • Wash down the outside of the car to remove dirt and mud
  • Polish the windows, wheels, door handles and mirrors
  • Vacuum and shampoo the seats and carpets
  • Wax and polish the surfaces
  • Apply gels and other finishes to bumpers and trims
  • Steam-clean the engine, frame and wheel arches

You might need to collect vehicles and deliver them back to the owners when they have been cleaned.

You could be based in one place or work from a mobile unit which contains water, a generator, a power washer and wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

Working conditions

Hours

Your working hours will usually include weekends. Part-time work and overtime may be available.

Environment

You could work indoors or outdoors at garages, workshops or on customers' premises.

Travel

You will often need a full driving licence. With a mobile valeting service, you would travel from job to job.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Working as part of a team
  • Following instructions
  • Helping customers
  • Working on your own
  • Paying attention to detail

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

No formal qualifications are required though most employers value a good general education.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths

Enterprise and business subjects can also be useful if you are considering self employment.

Helpful to have

Qualifications that demonstrate your employability, skills with cars, customer and/or cleaning such as

  • Skills for Work Automotive Skills (SCQF level 4)
  • SQA  Employability Award (SCQF level 3/4)
  • Enterprise & Employability (SCQF level 4/5).

Once in work you can also join the British Institute of Cleaning Science (BICS) Car Valeting Certificate Scheme.