Autocare Technician, Apprenticeship
The Autocare Technician apprenticeship is an ideal choice for anyone who is passionate about the automotive industry and has a keen interest in vehicle maintenance and repair. This exciting programme combines theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training, equipping you with the skills and expertise needed to excel as an autocare technician. Throughout the programme, you will learn a wide range of essential skills, including diagnosing and repairing vehicle faults, conducting routine maintenance, and performing vehicle inspections. With a strong focus on customer service and industry standards, you will also develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills, ensuring you can effectively interact with clients and provide high-quality service. By completing the Autocare Technician apprenticeship, you will be well-prepared to embark on a successful career in the automotive industry, contributing to the safe and efficient operation of vehicles and ensuring customer satisfaction.
An auto-care technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car-derived vans, and light goods vehicles, working in an auto-care or ‘fast-fit’ centre, which may be part of a national chain or operated by a regional or local independent group or owner. This apprenticeship is perfect for you if you have a passion for automobiles and want to develop practical and theoretical skills.
An apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to acquire industry-specific qualifications and valuable hands-on experience while earning a salary. You’ll have the chance to work closely with experienced professionals in the property industry, meaning you’ll gain practical skills that make you highly employable and give you a head start in your career. We pride ourselves on our strong partnerships with key local organisations. You'll become part of our Engineering Career Excellence Hub and enjoy a host of career-boosting benefits and valuable access to potential employers. Benefit from work experience opportunities, engaging trips and tours, guest lectures from industry experts and courses designed in collaboration with employers to meet industry demands. You'll gain invaluable industry insight and create numerous networking opportunities. By the time you complete your training, you'll be fully prepared for your future career, armed with the skills and knowledge that employers value.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
An auto-care technician also requires a unique combination of technical, retail and customer service skills, comfortably able to work in both a team and independently. They will use a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify and repair simple system faults.
Skills an apprentice will learn:
Contribute to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace, including the maintenance of key equipment and carrying out general housekeeping.
Carry out stock procedures including dealing with routine stock deliveries, placing stock into storage, carrying out stock rotation duties, and ordering parts for customers following company procedures.
Carry out vehicle safety inspections and routine maintenance in line with manufacturer's specifications or approved schedules, company procedures, and complete approved documentation.
Carry out replacement/repair and balancing of a range of light vehicle tires, including ultra-low profile, directional, asymmetric, and run-flat tires fitted to a range of wheel sizes and types.
Carry out the replacement of components on a specific range of vehicle systems including Steering & Suspension, Braking systems, Battery & Charging systems, exhaust systems, and Air-Conditioning systems.
Carry out 4-wheel Geometry operations including adjustments on a range of vehicles.
Use a range of specialist tools & equipment, mechanical & electrical measuring tools, and diagnostic equipment to support fault identification and repair.
Access vehicle technical data to inform inspections and make judgments on wear and serviceability.
Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers, and colleagues.
Use specific company IT systems within the workplace, including Point-of-sale systems and hand-held devices.
The end-point assessment is formed of three assessment components – a knowledge test, practical observations, and a professional review (supported by a portfolio).
Many apprentices are permanently employed, though you could choose to develop your skills further by opting for the Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (light vehicle) standard at Level 3.
Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. It is recommended that you can demonstrate an interest in the occupation as well as an ability to work in an organised and methodical way to identify and solve problems. You will also need to show that you can communicate well, including in written form.
To be an apprentice, you will need to find a suitable employer. Click here for advice: How to Apply for an Apprenticeship | Weston College
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