As an apprentice, you will be dealing with the repair and maintenance of vehicles. You will be working on either light vehicles or heavy vehicles.
You will be undertaking a variety of supervised tasks. Your duties will vary depending on where you work.
It is likely that you will be working in a small to medium sized vehicle maintenance and repair establishment. 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 engines, steering and suspension, brakes, transmission and the electrical systems. You will also cover health and safety in the workplace and use of tools. Each vehicle will present new challenges and it is really important to have good communication skills to be able to explain everything to the customer.
The day you are in college you will be doing some workshop sessions in the College workshop working on light or heavy vehicles. You will be given tasks to complete as part of your portfolio. The technical sessions will give you the basic knowledge, teach you new skills and help prepare you for your exams.
The course consists of a minimum of 30 hours per week, which includes a one day a week attendance at college. Functional skills in English and Maths also form an important part of your course, there will be exams when you are ready.
You are encouraged to look for your own placement. The College will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you.
4 GCSEs at A*-D (or acceptable alternatives) to include English Language, no lower than E in Maths. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
You will build a E portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt. Assessment also includes online exams and written assessments.
You can progress onto the level 3 Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.
Possible career opportunities could include working in a maintenance and repair establishment, working for a dealership or going on to own or run your own business.
Will this course suit me?
An ideal student for this course is one who is motivated and enthusiastic and can work well as part of a team. You must be prepared for hard work and have an aptitude for developing practical skills.