Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships

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Put your seatbelt on and get ready for the drive. Motor vehicle Apprenticeships can range anywhere from sales to fitting and parts, to maintenance and repair or even body and paint, the opportunities are endless in this industry. You could be working with light vehicles such as cars or on heavy motor vehicles for example lorries, there is so much diversity within this Apprenticeship.

The technology used in motor vehicles is becoming more sophisticated and complex. Young people entering the retail motor industry need time to develop their technical knowledge. They need time to find their way around a vehicle so they understand how it works. With more and more cars on the roads in today’s society there is a higher demand than ever for motor vehicle apprentices, you’ll be shaping the motor industry’s future.
Guess how many vehicles there are on the roads in the UK? 32 million, that’s a lot of vehicles so inevitably we need plenty of motor vehicle workers to keep them roadworthy. An Apprenticeship provides a direct route into this fast-paced industry.

What type of Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships are available?

  • Sales

This means selling cars in a showroom or even selling car equipment such as batteries, exhausts est. A sales Apprenticeship involves aspects of stock management, product and motor vehicle knowledge, effective customer service techniques and having the ability to ensure the customers’ needs are identified and expectations are exceeded.
Fitting and parts – During this type of Apprenticeship you will learn all aspects including fitting tyres, brakes, undertaking wheel alignments, suspension, steering and air conditioning. You’ll progressively fit parts to complete the vehicle. It is common for an operative to use equipment that is operated by computers and power-assisted hand tools to fix units into position.

  • Paint and Body

As an Apprentice in the paint and body sector of the motor vehicle industry you’ll be positioning pressed unpainted metal panels into jigs. Then you will make sure that the panels are spot welded together successfully. This operation demands a lot of care, as the panels must be aligned correctly or the end product will not reach the accepted standards of quality. As a paint operative Apprentice you’ll also spray the parts of a vehicle body that cannot be covered by a factory robot. You may spray inside the bonnet, in small joins or inside the boot.

  • Maintenance and Repair

As a maintenance and repair Apprentice you will be expected to identify mechanical problems, often by using computerized diagnostic equipment, test parts and systems to ensure that they are working properly, follow check lists to ensure that all critical parts are examined, perform basic care and maintenance, including changing oil, giving tune ups, checking fluid levels, and rotating tires, repair or replace worn parts, such as brake pads and wheel bearings, disassemble and reassemble parts, use testing equipment to ensure that repairs and maintenance are effective and explain to clients their automotive problems and the repairs done on their vehicles.

Do you have a passion for cars or trucks? Want to earn while you learn? Climb into the drivers seat and prepare yourself for the journey.

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