Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships: What you need to know and how to apply to the right one for you

Motor vehicle Apprenticeships are a great foundation to kick start your career. Do you have a passion for cars? Enjoy working out the solution to problems? An Apprenticeship could be perfect for you!

What do motor vehicle Apprenticeships involve?

Motor vehicle Apprenticeships offer school leavers a fantastic opportunity into the world of work through a combination of practical on the job training and study.

In March 2017, statistics showed that there were 37.5 million vehicles registered for use on the road in the UK alone. Find out more statistics.

With so many vehicles on the road, there really has never been a better time than now to embark on a motor vehicle Apprenticeship. Those vehicles need people to develop, manufacture, repair and maintain them and that could be you.

You don’t have to restrict yourself to just cars either, the motor vehicle industry covers a broad scope of vehicles such as cars, vans, motorbikes and HGV including lorries and buses from the manufacturing process to the repair and maintenance and even sales.

Let’s take a look at a handful of motor vehicle roles you could be doing:

Automotive Engineer – Automotive engineers are involved in the manufacturing stages of vehicles, they design, develop and test.

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Auto Paint Technician – Auto paint technicians paint new vehicles and repair paint on vehicles.

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Service Technician – As a service technician, you will install, repair, maintain and carry out tests. You will also identify errors and technical issues.

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Automotive Sales – Salespeople sell and promote cars and other vehicles, help inform customers and guide them in buying the right vehicle for them that meets their requirements.

Skills needed for motor vehicle Apprenticeships

Do you have strong practical skills? Are you able to use your problem-solving skills to provide solutions? These are all skills needed to forge a career in the motor vehicle industry. An Apprenticeship will enable you to learn and develop knowledge and skills required.

Who could I be working for?

There is a wide range of motor vehicle companies that offer Apprenticeships such as Jaguar Land Rover, Audi, Mazda, SEAT, Volkswagen, BMW/Mini, Rolls Royce and many more. You can apply for Apprenticeships from these top employers at Careermap.

Apprenticeship Frameworks

Here is a list of current motor vehicle Apprenticeship frameworks:

Vehicle Fitting – Level 2, 3

Vehicle Sales – Level 2, 3

Vehicle Body and Paint – Level 2, 3

Vehicle Parts – Level 2, 3

Vehicle Maintenance and Repair – Level 2, 3

Vehicle Restoration – Level 2, 3

Roadside Assistance and Recovery – Level 2, 3

Automotive Management – Level 5

Apprenticeships are changing. By 2020 all frameworks will be removed and replaced with Apprenticeships standards which will focus on employers needs and enabling the apprentice to be competent in the field they want to forge a career in.

Apprenticeship Standards

Here is a list of motor vehicle Apprenticeships and the standards that have currently been approved for delivery:

Control/Technical Support Engineer – Level 6

Electrical/Electronic Technical Support Engineer – Level 6

Manufacturing Engineer – Level 6

Light Motor Vehicle Service/Maintenance Technician – Level 3

Heavy Vehicle Service/Maintenance Technician – Level 3

Product Design and Development Engineer – Level 6

Motor Finance Specialist – Level 3

Road Transport Engineer Manager – Level 4

Here is a list of Apprenticeship standards that are currently undergoing development and haven’t yet been approved for delivery:

Vehicle Damage Assessor – Level 6

Vehicle Damage Mechanical, Electrical and Trim Technician – Level 3

Vehicle Damage Paint Technician – Level 3

Vehicle Damage Panel Technician – Level 3

Applying for motor vehicle Apprenticeships

A motor vehicle Apprenticeship will enable you to gain skills, a professional qualification and work experience through practical training and off the job training. Apply for a motor vehicle Apprenticeship at Careermap. Can’t find any vacancies near you? Register your CV and allow employers to find you!


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