This apprenticeship, leading to a VCQ Level 2, has been designed to meet the needs of individuals working within the motor vehicle repair industry. It is aimed at those working in the mechanical light vehicle (car) sector.
As well as technical prowess, apprentices will develop confidence, motivation and skills in problem-solving, communication and teamwork.
To support the main programme of study, future progression and life skills, students will also develop their skills in maths, English and ICT.
You need to be employed within the motor industry - at least 24 hours per week - and you must have previously achieved either a Level 1 qualification in Motor Vehicle Studies or have a GCSE grade C or above in a STEM related subject including; maths, English and Science. Other grades may be considered on an individual basis. You will also be required to sit a mechanical comprehension entrance test.
Units for this qualification include:
Underpinning knowledge will be assessed via online external tests for all the units. Practical activities are assessed in your place of work using externally set criteria. Functional Maths, English and ICT are assessed through a controlled assessment.
You will need stationery and Personal Protective Equipment, including safety boots and overalls.
With continued employment, you can progress to the IMIAL Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3, subject to assessment and work placement suitability.
Want to know more about life in the Motor Industry?
Why not visit www.autocity.org.uk/world-of-work to find out more.
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
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Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician.
Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby.
Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes.
Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful.
Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there.
I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.