What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair offers a practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to develop a career as a motor vehicle technician. As an Apprentice you will hold a full time job and attend college one day per week throughout the 24 month programme. You will work towards a framework of qualifications which make up the Apprenticeship. This course will launch you directly into the workplace and provides an excellent way to build your career and progress to further training and education. NVQ: Part of the Apprenticeship framework is the NVQ qualification. The NVQ shows your competence, knowledge, and understanding of business tasks and procedures; and proves you are able to carry out your job to the NVQ standards.
When on your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Training Officer. You will spend the remainder of the week in the workplace where you will put your new skills into practice. Whilst at work, your Training Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you carrying out practical tasks; completing knowledge questions. They will also help you build your portfolio of evidence for your NVQ.
What topics will I study?
You will cover the following units:
You will also be able to choose a number of optional units. During your course you will also complete a Technical Certificate and Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) assignment. Technical Certificate: This is the theory and underpinning knowledge you require within your job.
What experiences will I get?
You will benefit from our working relationships with companies including Greenslades Garage, Central Garage and Denbury Diesels.
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 3 or above in English and maths and in some cases ICT. However, we will work with you and provide additional support in order to help you achieve the functional skills element or GCSE requirements of the Apprenticeship. Support can be delivered either prior to your Apprenticeship via a traineeship or during the delivery of your programme.
You must have an interest and desire to learn and understand electrical systems and be prepared to participate in all college sessions. You will need to complete the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship before progressing to the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.
What facilities are there?
To find out about travel options to the Technology Centre click here.
What can the course lead on to?
Once you have completed your NVQ2 Apprenticeship you should be looking to progress to your NVQ3 Advanced Apprenticeship, if you want to become a qualified technician.
Are there any additional costs?
You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books.
What support can I get?
You will have a dedicated Skills Officer who you can contact at any time. They will visit you in the workplace every 10 weeks to carry out a progress review with you and your employer.
What will this training cost me?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training - this is currently between £80 - £110 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.
CLICK HERE to view the Apprenticeship Journey booklet.
CLICK HERE to view the citation video of the Light Vehicle Apprentice of the Year award winner at the Skills Awards 2014.