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Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Please note, this is an example framework of an apprenticeship course. There may not currently be any live vacancies so for a full list of our apprenticeship vacancies, visit our Job Shop

As a vehicle maintenance and body repairer you would be aligning panels, straightening chassis and conducting general body repair work before a vehicle is passed into the paint shop. You need a good attention to detail as there is lots of measuring to ensure accuracy when working on a chassis and related systems.

The UK is Europe's second largest maker of premium cars and the automotive sector is currently at the strongest it has been for the past ten years with advances in motor vehicle technology, the demand for skilled workers is constantly growing.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on?the?job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

When undertaking an Apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technician.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle engine faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying vehicle auxiliary electrical faults
  • Diagnosing and rectifying light vehicle chassis system faults
  • Carrying out Routine Vehicle Maintenance
  • Removing and replacing engine units and components
  • Removing and replacing electrical auxiliary units and components
  • Removing and replacing chassis units and components

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 1 Functional Skills Maths
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills ICT

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • Good mathematical skills
  • Excellent practical skills
  • Methodical worker with a close attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • A reasonable level of fitness
  • An awareness of health and safety regulations

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs. If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 24 months.

This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work?related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship has been developed in response to the increasing demand for highly skilled employees in a wide range of organisations and to up skill the existing workforce to meet their skills priorities.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Ian Dolan

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