Motor Vehicle (Light) Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable for you if you want to start a career or develop your existing skills in car and van maintenance and repair. There are more than 32 million vehicles on the UK’s roads which means, many motor vehicle technicians are needed to keep them roadworthy. 

As a motor vehicle apprentice you will work on all areas of vehicle mechanics and electrics, from the engine and exhaust systems to the air conditioning and security features. You will develop the practical skills, technical knowledge and the communication skills required to work as a professional and competent motor vehicle technician.

 

What you will learn
  • Diagnosing and rectifying live vehicle faults
  • Advising customers if repairs are needed and how critical they are
  • Providing time and cost estimates for jobs
  • Carrying out repairs and replacing damaged parts
  • Fitting and servicing accessories e.g. radios and vehicle alarms
  • Carrying out routine servicing and checks
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Vehicle diagnostic equipment operation
  • Understanding and using vehicle wiring diagrams
  • Operation and testing of advanced electrical, engine, chassis and transmission system components
Learning style

The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.

As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage.

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site. 

Facilities

Learn in our large purpose built motor vehicle workshop equipped with the latest diagnostic testing and repair facilities. At City College it’s not just about cars – a range of commercial and heavy goods vehicles are also available to practise on.

Entry requirements
  • GCSEs at grade 9-4/A*-C in English and maths (or equivalent)
  • Have successfully completed the Intermediate (Level 2) Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle (Light)

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 18-24 months
  • Campus: Main
What next?

Possible careers

  • Light vehicle Diagnostic Technician
  • Motorcycle Diagnostic Technician
  • Auto Electrical Diagnostic Technician
  • Mobile Electrical Installation Diagnostic Technician
Additional information

Information for Employers

Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.

Apprentices will also be assigned an Assessor, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.