These courses are ideal if you are a school leaver who intends to pursue a career in the automotive industry. To do well on an Apprenticeship, you will need to be focused on the career you want to pursue. You will also need to demonstrate commitment and be prepared to work hard.
Entry is subject to a satisfactory interview and college assessment. GCSE grade C in English and Maths is desirable for the Advanced Apprenticeship.
This is a two to three year course where you will attend college one day per week and spend four days in the workplace. Some of the award includes a Vocational Competence Qualification (VCQ), which is assessed in the workplace. The remainder of the award is for gaining the required Key Skills and underpinning knowledge. You will gain practical experience; skills and knowledge from working in your chosen field of employment; Functional Skills/Key Skills qualifications and a VRQ.
On the Apprenticeship programme you could be covering routine vehicle maintenance, removing and replacing engine units and components, or valeting vehicles.
On the Advanced Apprenticeship programme you could be diagnosing and rectifying vehicle engine and component faults, overhauling mechanical units or inspecting vehicles.
Assessment will be through a combination of coursework and portfolio in college and within the workplace. External examinations will cover Functional Skills/Key Skills, Technical Certificate and VRQ. Your progress on the course will be regularly monitored through individual tutorials.
As well as direct employment, successful Apprentices often go on to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship, once they have gained more experience in automotive work. Advanced Apprentices can progress to the Level 4 qualification in Automotive Engineering.
Success Rates on courses for 16-18 year-olds nearly 7% better than national average*