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Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light) Apprenticeship Level 3

  • Course Type: Apprenticeship

What can this course lead to?

Career Progression and Further Opportunities

Successful learners have a plethora of opportunities ahead. You can continue to work within the motor industry, aiming for promotion, or you may choose to further your education at university or via a higher level or degree apprenticeship.

Professional Accreditation

This standard has been designed to align with the professional standards set by the Engineering Council. Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng. Tech) with a relevant professional body.

Future Development

Once you’ve successfully achieved this standard, you’ll have the opportunity to progress to roles such as Master Technician or enter into management. It’s also an opportunity to further develop in your current role.

Who is it for?

Please only apply for this course if you already have a suitable employer to support you throughout your Apprenticeship. If you do not currently have an employer you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies by visiting A Motor Vehicle Technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships that focus on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. You will work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. To become a Motor Vehicle Apprentice you will need a good attitude and good manual and practical skills. You will need to have good communication skills and also have a willingness to learn new techniques and methods. You can apply for an Apprenticeship if you are living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education. You must be in paid employment for the duration of your Apprenticeship, you cannot be self-employed or a volunteer. Employers must pay you the minimum Apprenticeship wage or more, for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

What is covered?

Apprenticeship Overview

This Apprenticeship covers the practical skills and theoretical knowledge you will need to work in the motor vehicle maintenance and repair sector.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • How vehicle service and repair is impacted by legislative, regulatory, and ethical requirements, including health and safety law and environmental procedures.
  • The structure of the industry and operational aspects, business targets, and systems and processes for efficient business running.

Skills Development

  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop.
  • Demonstrate due regard for your own safety and that of others in the workshop.

Expected Behaviours

  • Take responsibility when required and be honest and accountable when things don't go to plan.
  • Operate as an effective team member.

Off-the-Job Training

As an Apprentice, you are expected to attend college one day a week as part of your ongoing 20% off-the-job training. Additional off-the-job training hours should be completed within the workplace. However, you may also be asked to complete tasks at home via Google Classroom and One-file.

Additional Qualifications

Please note that you may also be required to complete additional English and Maths qualifications as part of the Apprenticeship programme.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Selection Criteria and Course Overview

Individual employers will set their selection criteria, but it is likely to include 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English, Maths and Science or a Technology subject; a relevant Level 2 Apprenticeship; other relevant qualifications and experience; or an aptitude test with a focus on your current skills.

Course Features

This course offers a hands-on approach to learning, so you’ll need to have a passion and drive for motor vehicle engineering. Additionally, you should have the ability to perform academically at A-Level standard for Maths, English, and Science.

Employer Support

You will also require a suitably supportive employer to guide you through your Apprenticeship. If you don’t have an employer already, you can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies which are advertised on our website. Find apprenticeship vacancies here.

Work Experience

We strongly advise you to complete a minimum of 2 weeks work experience with your employer prior to the start of your Apprenticeship to ensure it is a suitable organisation for your needs. Be prepared to get your hands dirty.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



36 months

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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