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Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician Advanced (L3) Apprenticeship Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Engineering and Motor Vehicle


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

30 months


Level 3

Who is it for


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A Heavy Vehicle (HV) Technician services, inspects and repairs HVs, categorised by the Department of Transport as category N2 or N3, and associated trailers, with the associated ancillaries.

This Apprenticeship covers working in a dealership or an independent garage, franchise or large fleet operator that deals with many different makes of vehicles. As an Apprentice 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.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship is you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to an interview with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers and will take part in an assessment.

What will I need

Entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 and above. A suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

As an Apprentice you will learn:
– HV engineering principles – including vehicle applications, configurations, designs, diagnostics, technologies and vehicle testing standards and maintenance schedules
– HV engineering practices – including inspecting, servicing, maintaining vehicles and trailers, quality checks and roadside assistance
– Using engineering tools and equipment – including hand and power tools, engineering and technical manuals and diagnostic and electrical measuring equipment
– Team working – including effective written and verbal communication skills, working as part of a team and taking ownership and responsibility when required
– Health and safety standards and legislation within a bus and coach environment – including Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and operator licensing requirements

Apprentices are expected to attend college for 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework, exams and practical observations with an End Point Assessment.

What can this course lead to

Independent End Point Assessment.

This standard has been designed to meet the professional standards of the relevant professional bodies of the Engineering Council for initial registration as an Engineering Technician (Eng. Tech).

On completion of the standard the Engineering Technician will be eligible to apply
for registration as an Engineering Technician with a relevant professional body.
On completion and achievement of the standard, candidates will have the
opportunity to progress to Master Technician, management or to develop in
their current role.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check
A motor vehicle Apprentice could expect to work within garage setting, working with customers and possible be on call to assist broken down vehicles. Your working environment can be noisy and dirty. An Apprentice will work on average 30 hours a week including evenings and weekends this may vary throughout the year dependent on seasonal trends and workloads. Average salaries for qualified motor vehicle Apprentices vary between £18,000 and £21,000.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, for under 19 year olds and for over 19s in their first year of Apprenticeship although many of Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training
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