If you have an interest in mechanical and technical work and consider yourself practical, there are plenty of opportunities in the motor vehicle industry. Motor vehicle technicians repair and service cars, vans, motorbikes, lorries and coaches. They work on all vehicle mechanics and electrics, from engines and exhaust systems to air-conditioning and security.
The most common way to become a motor vehicle technician is through an apprenticeship in vehicle maintenance and repair. To get onto a scheme, you will need GCSEs grades A*-D in Maths, English and science or equivalent. There are an estimated 18,911 motor vehicle technicians employed in the South West alone which has increased by more than 30% in the last fifteen years. To become a qualified motor vehicle technician you will need to have: · Strong practical skills · Good problem-solving skills to find faults · The ability to work quickly and pay attention to detail · Good communication and customer service skills · The ability to follow written and spoken instructions · A reasonable level of fitness · An up-to-date knowledge of vehicle developments, especially new engine types and electronics · An awareness of health and safety regulations. Qualifications you will gain • Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles • Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence • Functional Skills: Level 1 English, Level 1 Mathematics and Level 1 ICT Training involved • Vehicle maintenance • Repair of light vehicles • Employee Rights and Responsibilities • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills Skills and attributes • Proven commitment to working on motor vehicles perhaps through part-time or voluntary work • Keen interest in motor vehicle repair and maintenance • Good customer service skills Within the industry, salaries can range from £8000 to £25000+for an average 40-hour week. Steel toe capped shoes/boots and a set of overalls to protect your clothing and body will be required.
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