Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship: Student Guide

This Apprenticeship deals with the repair and maintenance of all types of vehicles, from mopeds to lorries. As an Apprentice, you could work for a dealership and focus on a particular manufacturer, or work for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles.

In both, you’ll choose your area of specialisation, whether that’s motorcycles, cars, heavy vehicles or vehicle electrical systems. You’ll be working in a service technician type role, carrying out routine maintenance and basic repairs, as well as identifying and reporting faults.

On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you’ll learn about more complex faults and how to identify and repair them using sophisticated diagnostic equipment.

Vehicle Body and Paint

This Apprenticeship is about patching up damaged vehicles. From a scratched door to a dented bumper, accidents can affect a car’s bodywork, mechanical parts and paint job. As an Apprentice, you’ll have the choice to focus on either mechanical, electrical and trim body fitting; body repair; or body finishing.

Mechanical, electrical and trim technicians repair moving parts and electronics. They assess the damage and then get at the broken parts inside by removing the bodywork (trim), fix the internal parts, and then replace the bodywork.

Body repair technicians fix the outside body of the car – they remove, repair and replace damaged panels, ensuring that the car is still sturdy and safe.

Body refinishing technicians add the final surface touch by applying primers and paint so everything looks as good as new. This may involve the use of hand and power sanding tools, chemical cleaning agents, spray booths and drying equipment.

The Apprenticeship Framework

There are three main strands to an Apprenticeship, known as the Framework: a competence-based element, a technical element and a skills element.

There are two options within the Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship framework:

Vehicle Body & Paint: Thousands of vehicle accidents occur every year in England, which means Vehicle Body and Paint technicians are heavily relied upon to repair vehicles that have been damaged and get them back on the road looking as good as new.  Apprentices will work as technicians and senior technicians assessing and repairing the damage, restoring body and paintwork on a range of light and heavy vehicles. Pathways on offer: Body Repair or Body Refinishing.

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair: Without Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technicians the economy would grind to a halt.  Apprentices will learn how to diagnose, test and repair a range of vehicles from cars, vans, lorries and lift trucks to motorcycles including electronics and electrical repairs. Pathways on offer: Light Vehicle, Heavy Vehicle, Motorcycle or Heavy Vehicle Trailer.

There are two levels to the Apprenticeship:

Intermediate Apprenticeship: The Apprentice will achieve one of the above pathways and an additional three key skills in Application of number and communication and ICT. There is also a requirement for each Apprentice to complete a further two years at college on the associated pathway dependant of Apprenticeship route.

Advanced Apprenticeship: On successful completion of a Level 2 Apprenticeship there may be options to progress towards a Level 3 scheme. This is dependent on the range within the employment opportunity and the ability of the Apprentice demonstrated in previous years.

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Have you considered coming to college full-time if you can’t find an Apprenticeship vacancy? You can start on many of our courses on a full-time basis, then if an Apprenticeship becomes available you can transfer across. Everything you’ll have learnt at college will be valuable to you at work. To discuss your full-time course options call 01902 836000.

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