The skills required for many occupations are best learnt by combining learning through work. This is the heart of an apprenticeship; it is the intertwined learning and working relationship that makes apprenticeships unique. Apprenticeships, particularly in high skilled trades, are of crucial and continuing importance to the UK economy.
To become a fully qualified light vehicle mechanic you need to complete the Level 3 apprenticeship that usually takes two years. If you want to work on your skills and knowledge before starting an apprenticeship, we can offer you a one year full-time course first to build your confidence to enter the workplace.
This two-year course will provide you with the chance to become a fully qualified light vehicle technician. You will gain higher practical skills training in our state-of-the-art workshops and working garages and on completion you will be able to understand and diagnose faults on a range of systems, have the knowledge and experience to be able to supervise others and have some understanding of how to run your own business, or work to become a diagnostic technician.
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You would like to qualify for a specific career as a light vehicle technician.
GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above, plus a relevant Level 2 qualification or experience in the sector.
Areas you will cover include: engine faults, transmission issues, steering and suspension, chassis rectification, and electrical and electronic diagnostic testing. You will also work towards developing your skills in removing and fitting light vehicle mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) components and non-permanent body panels.
Your work will be assessed throughout the course to ensure you are learning the correct theory and techniques to be successful in the workplace. All apprenticeships also require some form of practical assessment, usually via several skills tests and written or questionnaire-based on-line testing.
Earning while you learn and gaining the knowledge and skills to work in a professional garage
Employment in the industry or specialist training in HGV, bodywork and painting or inspection and testing.
Careers in this industry
- Light vehicle service technician
- Diagnostic technician
- Workshop controller
- Customer service advisor
- MOT vehicle examiner
- Motorsport technician
- Smart repairer
- Recovery driver
58% of auto companies recruit apprentices straight from school."
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.