Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Service and Repair

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and at the same time study to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice – for more information go to

Please note, Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships are not available to International students.

Course Content

  • Apprentice Induction General Requirements and Employment Rights & Responsibilities.
  • Functional Skills (English, Mathematics and ICT) at Level 1.
  • VRQ (Technical Certificate), Health and Safety, Technology and workshop tasks.
  • NVQ/VCQ, Practical tasks at work (Job Cards), Changing and Rectifying Faults.

Candidates are assessed during practical 'on the job' or simulated situations, evidence of which must be shown in the form of a portfolio.


Assessment will be continuous and students are required to demonstrate competence in a variety of tasks. Functional Skills will be assessed by examination and VRQ by online multi-choice examinations.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade D/3 in Mathematics and English Language plus two other GCSEs at grade D/3 or IMI Level 1 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair with Functional Skills Level 1 English and Mathematics or BTEC Level 1 Certificate/Diploma with Level 1 English and Mathematics. Satisfactory references and a good attendance record are also required.

All applicants must be employed within the motor trade.

Duration and Delivery

Two years, depending on student's ability. One day a week at College, with a minimum three days per week employed in the motor trade.


Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) providing suitable employment is available. Employment as a motor mechanic.

Additional Information

For further information please contact Jan West, Engineering Training Manager, in the School of Engineering on 020 8268 2788 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact David Lunn, Programme Manager, Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships in the School of Engineering on 020 8268 2914 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This course is delivered at our Kingston Hall Road centre and work-based locations.

Information for Employers

How can taking on an Apprentice help your business?
The Apprenticeship framework is designed to meet the needs of employers and to provide a vocational pathway into a profession.  Intermediate level apprentices will train in roles appropriate to their chosen profession, learning on the job practical skills working at a business four days and attending college one day each week.  The duration of an apprenticeship course is a minimum of 12 months.
All Apprenticeship frameworks are designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to perform their job role and to support their future progressions.  Apprenticeships are an ideal way to help your business harness fresh new talent.

What do you need to know?
Apprenticeships can be suitable for either a new employee or an existing member of staff.  They typically involve four days a week on the job training and one day a week at college.  You will be responsible for the apprentice’s wages which, from October 2015, will be £132 per week.

What qualifications do we offer?
An Apprenticeship consists of:

  • An appropriate-level Knowledge Certificate (usually level 2 or level 3).
  • An NVQ practical qualification (usually level 2 or level 3).
  • Functional Skills qualification (if the candidate has not previously achieved a GCSE grade C in English and Maths).
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills

We can help you by

  • Explaining the way Apprenticeships work
  • Providing a dedicated assessor to perform workplace assessments
  • Supporting your new and existing staff into Apprenticeships, subject to eligibility
  • Providing a free recruitment service to help you find the right apprentice for your organisation
  • Facilitating your application for the Employer Grant.

16-18 year olds are fully funded by the College
For those aged 19+ an Employer Contribution will be required
An Employer Grant of £1,500 is available for those eligible.

For further information please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 020 8268 2857 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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