Transport Repair Garage

Transport Repair Garage

£200.00 per week

Plymouth and Surrounding Areas

Autocare Technician Apprentice
Published: Nov 28, 2022
Ref: TRA001

Transport Repair Garage is looking for an autocare technician to join their hardworking team in Plympton.

The Apprentice’s Role

This position involves working as part of a small team under the supervision and support of a fully skilled mechanic. Assisting in such tasks as completing general vehicle servicing and maintenance tasks including in time more complex tasks such as head gaskets and cambelt renewal, together with MOT repairs. On occasions assisting in motor home repairs as required.

This role will also involve the successful candidate attending Skills Group one day per week for the duration of the apprenticeship.

A candidate with a driving licence would be desirable however this is not essential.

Working Hours: Your typical working hours will be Monday to Friday, 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 well established family run business has been trading for over 30 years and currently has ten members of staff. They have built up an excellent reputation in the area for light vehicle servicing, maintenance and MOTs. They also specialise in motor home repairs and habitation checks which is a thriving part of the business.

Past Apprentices

This family run business has previously supported apprentices throughout the level 2 and level 3 apprenticeship journey.

On completion of the level 2 apprenticeship the suitable candidate would then be considered for progression onto the level 3 advanced apprenticeship. There will also be an opportunity in the future to complete specialist courses such as hybrid and electrical vehicle training.

Skills Required

The ideal candidate will already have acquired basic hand skills in mechanics,

Excellent time keeping and attendance are also desirable, with good communication skills to work well within a team.

Personal Qualities

The successful candidate must possess a genuine drive to learn and develop new skills. Honesty, reliability and a genuine motivation to achieve are all essential. A positive hardy attitude is also an essential quality for this role.

You need to have good hand-eye coordination and show a focused approach to the job in hand.

Prior Qualifications

Qualifications required for this role include GCSE’s grades A*-E (9-2) in Maths and English, or equivalent qualification.

The Apprenticeship includes:

  • Level 2 Autocare Technician Standard apprenticeship
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English (unless exempt)

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.

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School