Autocare Technician Apprentice
Published: Sep 16, 2022
ETB Autocentre is looking for an autocare apprentice to join their hardworking team in Plymstock.
The Apprentice’s Role
This position involves working as part of a small team under the supervision and support of a fully skilled mechanic. You will also assist in such tasks as completing tyre replacement and general vehicle servicing and maintenance tasks such as vehicle servicing, cambelt renewal and completing MOT repairs.
The garage opens for 4 hours each Saturday morning which you will be expected to work, but you will have a half day off during the week.
A candidate with a driving licence would be desirable however this is not essential.
This role will also involve the successful candidate to attend our training centre one day per week for the duration of your apprenticeship.
Working Hours: Your typical working hours will be Monday to Saturday, 40 hours per week.
Wages: £200.00 per week, based on 40 hours per week for the first 12 months, after this time the employer will pay at least the national living wage for their age for the remaining duration of the apprenticeship programme.
Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.
This company has been in business on this site for nearly 10 years and has a team of 6 staff. The company has built up a good reputation in the local area offering a wide variety of services including tyre and exhaust replacement and general vehicle servicing and maintenance together with MOT repairs for both private and trade customers.
This employer has a history of supporting apprentices throughout the apprenticeship journey of both level 2 and progression onto the level 3 qualification.
On completion of the level 2 apprenticeship, the suitable candidate would then be considered for progression onto the level 3 advanced apprenticeship.
Also potentially future specialist training courses such as hybrid and electrical vehicle training would be available.
Good basic hand skills are preferable, however a genuine drive to learn and develop new skills is essential. Honesty, reliability and a positive hardy attitude is also an essential quality for this role.
Honesty, reliability, being motivated and focused to learn new skills is essential personal qualities for this role.
No formal qualifications are required for this role.
The Apprenticeship includes:
An Autocare Technician carries out a range of services and repairs to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles.
Working in either a Dealership or independent automotive garage environment. An Autocare Technician requires a unique combination of technical, retail and customer services skills. They will use a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify and repair simple system faults.
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