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Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians

Up to £28,000

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Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers

Up to £34,000

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Vehicle valeters and cleaners

Up to £17,000

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This apprenticeship is ideal for those prospective apprentices who would like a career in the motor vehicle industry, be it with a main dealer, independent garage or with a specialist garage who work on specialist types of vehicle, i.e. racing teams and classic cars. Within North Yorkshire and nationwide, employers are looking for motivated, skilled and fully qualified motor technicians to enhance and grow their businesses.

Apprentices would typically be based at the garage location, however this can vary from garage to garage depending on the business and some offsite work may be required. As an apprentice you will develop an understanding of Health & Safety within the workplace and what is required of an apprentice working within a busy garage environment. You will learn to work to strict deadlines and work closely with others within a team. As you develop your repair knowledge you will increase your skills and performance and become a valuable team member. This is essential and will show an employer that you have gained the knowledge and experience to help them in their business and encourage them to invest in you and your career.


VRQ/VCQ Level 2 intermediate Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Competence (Light Vehicle)
Functional skills level 1/2 in Maths
Functional skills level 1/2 in English
Functional skills level 1/2 in ICT

End-Point Assessment Information

Achievement of the apprenticeship is dependent on the Apprentice passing knowledge unit exams at College, theory and practical.

The apprentice must be competent and cover all the criteria learnt at College within 6 Practical observations within the workplace by the Work Based Assessor (WBA).

Achieve passes in all Functional skills for their level qualification. (Apprentices are exempt from FS Maths and English if they have previously gained a Grade C/4 or higher at GCSE Maths & English).

Method(s) of delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release for the duration of the 2 years and work for the employer for the remainder of the week. At College they will attain the knowledge required to complete the apprenticeship and the WBA will visit the workplace to carry out reviews and practical observations.

Entry Criteria

Before starting the apprenticeship you must be employed by someone in the relevant area you want to work in and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours. Ideally candidates should have 3 GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or higher which should include Maths and English.


2 years

What next?

Level 3 Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician apprenticeship or into full time employment.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368

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