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Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year + Entry requirements: Functional Skills may be required dependent on the apprenticeship framework and previous qualifications achieved. Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance Competence

Why this apprenticeship?

This qualification covers the knowledge and skills required to work competently as a Light Vehicle Service Technician.

The Level 2 in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair is for anyone developing a career in the motor industry. The practical qualification demonstrates your skills on the job, in your own workplace, showing that you meet national standards for automotive workers.

Learners will cover areas such as routine vehicle maintenance, removal and replacement of vehicle units & components and diagnosis and rectification of vehicle faults.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.


What levels are available?

Wages

Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.


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Entry requirements

Anyone aged 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship. You cannot be self-employed and must have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years to be eligible.

Functional Skills may be required dependent on the apprenticeship framework and previous qualifications achieved.

The Level 2 apprenticeship is an intermediate level equivalent to 5 GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards a qualification/skill such as an NVQ/Diploma Level 2, Functional Skills and in some areas a relevant technical certificate diploma. These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow progression onto an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working. We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or upskill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed. 

Course content

This course will support you to achieve:

  • Competency in Health, Safety and Good Housekeeping in the Automotive Environment
  • Knowledge of Materials, Fabrication, Tools and Measuring Devices used in the Automotive Environment
  • Competency in Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Competency in Removing and Replacing Light Vehicle Electrical Units and Components
  • Knowledge of Routine Light Vehicle Maintenance
  • Knowledge of Light Vehicle Transmission and Driveline Units and Components

The diploma element will be delivered and supported in the workplace and college. If Functional Skills are required, this element will be delivered in the classroom. 

Why the MET?

Our industry experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

How much will I earn?

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 to 24 months.

What might my working hours be?

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training.

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Vehicle technician, mechanic or electrician

Typical Tasks:

  • Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.
  • Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
  • Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
  • Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
  • Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
  • Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
  • Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
  • Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -3.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £16,244

AVERAGE £23,537

POTENTIAL £33,774

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Science

Vehicle body builder or repairer

Typical Tasks:

  • Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.
  • Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
  • Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
  • Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
  • Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
  • Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities -2.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,386

AVERAGE £21,528

POTENTIAL £30,771

Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Science
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