Petrol station sales assistant

Alternative titles for this job include Garage assistant, garage shop assistant, petrol station attendant, filling station attendant

Petrol station sales assistants sell fuel and other items to customers in garage forecourt shops.

Average salary (a year)

£11,000 Starter

to

£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a petrol station sales assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

College

You can learn some of the skills you need for this job by doing a Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Retail Skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to get into this job through a retailer intermediate apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

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.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • maths knowledge
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

  • be 18 or over to be left in charge of a petrol station

You may need a driving licence and access to a vehicle if you're working late nights or at a motorway service station.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • taking cash and card payments for fuel
  • selling other products like food, drinks and newspapers
  • re-stocking shelves and fridges
  • managing fuel and stock deliveries
  • keeping forecourt and shop areas clean and tidy

Working environment

You could work at a store.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to shop supervisor then manager. Many petrol station are owned by supermarkets and you may have opportunities to work in the store.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Retail Sales Assistant

  • Wage : £164.25 Weekly
  • Location: York YO30 4XL

Apprentice Sales Advisor

  • Wage : £136.50 Weekly
  • Location: Kingston Upon Thames KT1 1SS

Courses In England

certificate in retail skills

  • Provider: Marson Garages (Wolstanton) Limited
  • Start date: 01 June 2019
  • Location: Newcastle under Lyme

Retail Certificate Level 1

  • Provider: Gateway Sixth Form College
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: Leicester

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