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An Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair will give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and at the same time study to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. You will learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with customers and colleagues.

Am I ready to start?

If you are passionate about working in the Motor Vehicle Industry, have good hand skills, and like solving problems then this could be the career for you.

Entry criteria varies depending on the framework you are studying and the needs of the employer, but a good level of secondary education is expected and many employers expect you to have maths and English GCSE at a D grade or above.

Employers also look for skills like motivation, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills, teamwork and a willingness to learn and will set their own specifications depending on the role.
It may be you don't feel you are ready for an apprenticeship and might benefit from a Traineeship first.

How does an Apprenticeship Work?

An apprenticeship programme is delivered via a mixture of on and off the job training, whereby you can apply your skills in real work contexts.

The apprenticeship programme usually consists of the following elements:

Knowledge element
This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work which is delivered when you attend College, so that you can put these newly acquired skills into practice at work.

Competence element
This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly within the workplace by a Harlow College Assessor to ensure that you are developing your skills within the workplace and putting all that you learn at College into practice
Functional skills: This area covers English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics

Transferable skills
These are the skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an employee within the workplace (ERR).

The duration of the course is 2 years at Level 2 (Intermediate) and a further 2 years at Level 3 (Advanced). You will attend College for 1 day a week and you be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days.

What does the course involve?

At Harlow College we offer both the Intermediate and Advanced apprenticeships. As part of the Intermediate apprenticeship you will be working towards achieving a Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. This is also referred to as the VRQ or technical certificate. Examples of core modules you would complete include:

  • Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Light Vehicle Fuel, Ignition, air and Exhaust System Units and Components
  • Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Engine Units and Components
  • Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Electrical Units and Components
  • Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Chassis Units and Components

You will also be working towards achieving a Level 2 NVQ in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair which is also referred to as the VCQ or Competence element. This includes completing practical tasks at work (Job Cards), and changing and rectifying faults.

As part of the Advanced apprenticeship you will be working towards achieving a Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VRQ/Technical Certificate) and the Level 3 NVQ (VCQ) Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

There are currently more than 32 million cars on the road in the UK, which means demand for skilled motor vehicle technicians is high. 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. Successful completion of this apprenticeship could lead to a range of careers including:

  • Light vehicle maintenance technician – Average £18,000 - £24,000
  • Heavy vehicle maintenance technician – Average £18,000 – 24,000
  • Light vehicle service technician – Average: £23,000 - £30,000
  • Heavy vehicle service technician - Average: £23,000 - £30,000
  • Light vehicle diagnostic technician – Average £28,000 - £35.000
  • Heavy vehicle diagnostic technician – Average £28,000 - £35.000
  • Master/senior technician – Average - £30,000 – £38,000
  • Workshop controller – OTE £40,000+

You could even progress into further training as a Higher Apprentice to become a Master Technician and maybe even run your own garage.

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

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