The motor vehicle industry is one that has changed a lot over the last few years. The second hand car industry has soared, and with it so has the demand for professional maintenance and repair. Since the industry is generally a very practical one, the most common way into it is through an apprenticeship.
What will you learn during a mechanic apprenticeship?
Mechanic apprenticeships will teach you both the theory and practical skills required to work in a professional vehicle workshop. You will be trained in all aspects of vehicle maintenance, service and repair, for a variety of common vehicles and engines. Most places will have an extended course available if you wish to continue on to do an advanced apprenticeship qualification, which will be recognised across the motor industry.
Beyond gaining a solid grounding in mechanical engineering and maintenance, you will usually be given the opportunity to specialise in one or more area which you are interested in. These specialities reflect the different positions available in the commercial trade and are designed to prepare you for a professional position after graduation. These specialities include:
- Light Vehicle Technician
- Heavy Vehicle Technician
- Lift Truck Technician
- Motorcycle Technician
- Vehicle Body Repair
- Auto Electrical Technician
- Parts Advisor
What are the requirements?
Above all, a good attitude and a willingness to learn. You must be able to demonstrate an interest in mechanics and the desire to progress in the motor industry. You will need to sit written exam so good literary skills are extremely beneficial, a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade C or above is a common requirement.
Where to start?
The best place to begin is by researching different motor vehicle apprenticeships and making sure they offer what you are looking for. They are very common and popular, so there is plenty to look at, and a lot of information available to you.
From there, you can use the search tools we have put together for you to find local mechanic apprenticeships, get in touch with them and make an application.