Petrol station sales assistant

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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.

Salary range: £11,000 to £20,000

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How to become a petrol station sales assistant

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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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), or equivalent, 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, or equivalent, 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

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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 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.

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.

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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.