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Automotive - Autocare Technician Level 2
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Apprentice Mechanic
Universal Vehicle Services
Horndean - 8, 37, 38X and 637 bus stop outside
£6.40 an hour, Monday-Friday 8am-5:15pm with 1 hour lunch and every other Saturday 8am-1pm, 44 hours a week
Driving licence, or working towards it
Due to the role being over 40 hours a week, only applicants who are 18 years and over will be considered.
We have been established for 31 years and are a local run family business. Our members of staff have been with us for numerous years since they left school so we have a great working family environment.
We carry out vehicle MOT and services, diagnostics, welding and any repairs to all makes and models of cars and vans.

As an apprentice you will work closely with all our members of staff. You will be required to shadow and work solo on all aspects of the workshop duties that will enable you to grow and develop your skill set in the garage environment. We will ensure we provide the below as a minimum to help you excel as an automotive apprentice:
  • Fault diagnosis, with and without computer diagnostics
  • Perform routine maintenance and repairs on vehicles and equipment
  • Diagnose mechanical issues and provide appropriate solutions
  • Conduct inspections to identify potential problems or areas of improvement
  • Keep accurate records of all maintenance and repair work performed
  • Collaborate with senior mechanics to learn new skills and techniques
  • Ability to follow instructions and learn new skills quickly
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and teamwork abilities
Personal qualities
  • Motivated
  • Punctual
  • Keen to learn

GCSE 9-4/A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills Level 2 in both, proof of certificates is required
Due to the demands of the role, applications with less than the required grades will not be considered. Equally, applications received without stating GCSE maths and English/Functional Skills/equivalent results will not be considered.
What does the programme include?

This apprenticeship will focus on light vehicle diagnostic processes, fault finding and equipment as well as industry relevant skills and training for example apprentices will practice:
  • Inspecting Light Vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Maintaining a healthy and safe workplace, including the maintenance of key equipment and carrying out general housekeeping
  • Use specific company IT systems within the workplace, including Point-of-sale systems and hand-held devices.
  • Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers and colleagues - training on this will be carried out at college.
  • Access vehicle technical data to inform inspections and make judgements on wear and serviceability
On completion of this Standard the Auto-care Technician will be eligible to apply for IMI membership as a Registered Young Professional or if they wish as an Associate Member. They would also gain entry onto the IMI Professional Register.

What attendance is required?

Attendance at College will be required on weekly on a Monday. Time spent training will come under the working hours per week. Your assessor will liaise with you to set up mutually convenient times for consultation and assessment visits at your place of work.

It is a Government requirement for you to spend 6 hours a week working towards your “Off the Job Learning” – off the job learning can consist of college attendance, coursework, project related work, employer training, mentoring and coaching.

Learning and assessment

Apprentices build a portfolio of work and work place assessors will be in regular contact to provide support, and to arrange on-site visits to observe the apprentices’ ability and skills in their daily role. It is important for the apprentice to take ownership of their own learning by seeking out opportunities to gain new skills on the job with the employer. The apprentice’s final grade will be determined by the collective assessments known as “the endpoint assessment” and has a Pass/Distinction grade.

The three assessments are:
  • Online knowledge based tests
  • Skills test (knowledge and behaviours are observed in the workplace)
  • Professional discussion (apprentice is to demonstrate that they can apply the broad range of knowledge, skills and behaviours in the Standard)
Future prospects
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, and subject to progress as an employee, we would like to offer you a full time job. We are happy to provide the training you need, including Mastertec training if you are interested in that route.
Things to keep in mind
  • Uniform and safety boots supplied
  • Entitled to 20 days holiday and all bank holidays off work
  • Pension, if eligible

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