What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body Repair and Body Repair offers a practical approach and a solid platform for anyone wishing to develop a career in the automotive industry. As an Apprentice you will hold a full time job and attend college one day a week throughout the programme. You will work towards a framework of qualifications which make up the Apprenticeship. Vocational Competence Qualification: Part of the Apprenticeship framework is the VCQ qualification. The VCQ shows your competence, knowledge, and understanding of carrying out maintenance and repairs to vehicles and proves you are able to carry out your job to the Specifications of the Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE).
When on your college day-release, you will be taught by your Tutor or Skills 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 Skills Officer will visit you and carry out assessments in a variety of styles: observing you; completing knowledge questions; setting practical tasks. They will also help you build your portfolio of evidence for your VCQ.
What topics will I study?
VCQ's will consist of:
Vocational Related Qualification: This is the theory and underpinning knowledge you require within your job.
VRQ's will consist of:
What experiences will I get?
You will work on our fleet of up-to-date vehicles including a Smart car and Nissan Leaf.
What are the entry requirements?
Every employer is different and therefore the entry requirements can vary. As a guide you ideally need GCSE grade 4 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 the trade. 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?
On successful completion of Level 2, you may progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship.
Are there any additional costs?
You will need safety boots, overalls and recommended text books and an air fed mask if on Body or paint programmes (can be supplied through the college at a very reasonable cost).
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.