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Motor Vehicle Maintanence and Repair (Light Vehicle) 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

3 Years


Level 3

Who is it for

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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 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

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

• The fundamentals of vehicle technologies e.g. vehicle systems such as chassis, engine, transmission,
electrical, air conditioning, high voltage vehicles, etc.
• The types, and associated characteristics of light vehicles e.g. front– or rear–wheel drive, four– wheel
drive, etc.
• Diagnostic principles and logical problem–solving techniques.
• Emerging automotive technologies and the impact they will have on the knowledge and skills
technicians will require in the future.
• Carry out the foundation tasks common to all procedures e.g. removing and replacing bolts, screws and
clips, replacing seals, extracting damaged fasteners, cutting, drilling, filing, using fabrication skills etc.
• Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to the dealership/garage's
business processes (e.g. environmental awareness, servicing a vehicle, record keeping, customer
contact) and standard workshop operations.
• Access specific information e.g. vehicle repair information, wiring diagrams, maintenance tables,
technical production information and apply appropriately.
• Use diagnostic, mechanical and electrical measuring equipment.
• Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer e.g.
following a service, complex repair, pre–delivery inspection etc.
• Service and maintain a vehicle without supervision.
• Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturer's standards.
• Investigate symptoms of vehicle fault(s) and identify the likely underlying causes.
• Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical problem–solving techniques, supported by diagnostic
tools and testing regimes, to establish electrical, mechanical and electronic faults.
• Use current flow diagrams and electrical test equipment to carry out standard diagnostic and repair

Skills and behaviours
• Communicate effectively with customers on a range of topics e.g. draw from a customer the description
of symptoms in a way that will support the process of diagnosing faults.
• Behave in accordance with the values of the company they work for; treat customers with respect and
courtesy, quickly respond to their requirements and win their trust using effective communication skills
to ensure they receive an excellent experience.
• Operate as an effective team member taking responsibility when required and be honest and
accountable when things don't go as planned.
• Constantly learn in order to improve their own performance and that of the business; plan effectively
and be highly organised when carrying out service and repairs.
• Understand how the business works from an operational perspective and demonstrate commercial

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.

What can this course lead to

Successful learners can continue to work within the motor industry and gain promotion or learners could progress onto university.

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. Late night and weekend work will be expected to accommodate business needs.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training
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