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This Modern Apprenticeship supports businesses in the automotive industry working across vehicle maintenance and repair, vehicle body and paint, vehicle parts or vehicle fitting. It’s suitable for employees with little or no experience in the industry, or who have experience but need to build their skills. They can work in maintenance, repair, body and paint, parts or fitting.

Qualifications

SCQF level 5

Your employee will study for an SCQF level 5 qualification in either:

  • Vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Vehicle body and paint
  • Vehicle parts
  • Vehicle fitting
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, candidates should have achieved a minimum National 4/Standard Grade at General level in English, Maths and a science subject. It’s also recommended that you set an appropriate initial assessment test.

Progression and development

After completing this level, apprentices should be able to work as light vehicle service technicians, heavy vehicle service technicians, lift truck service technicians, MET technicians, vehicle inspectors, body repair technicians, paint technicians, parts advisers, fast-fit (vehicle fitting) technicians, or specialist tyre fitters.

They might progress onto an SCQF 6/7 apprenticeship in automotive. Candidates are also encouraged to complete a level 2 Automotive Technician Accreditation assessment.

SCQF qualification levels explained

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SCQF level 6/7

Your employee will study for a qualification in either:

  • Vehicle maintenance and repair at SCQF level 7
  • Vehicle body and paint at SCQF level 6
  • Vehicle parts at SCQF level 6
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, it may be helpful if candidates have completed the SCQF level 5 MA in automotive.

Candidates should have achieved a minimum National 4/Standard Grade at General level in English, Maths and a science subject. It’s also recommended that you set an appropriate initial assessment test.

Candidates should be interested in mechanical things, and show a commitment to working in the industry – for example through school link courses, work experience, voluntary or part-time work.

Progression and development

 

After completing this level, apprentices should be able to work as vehicle fitters, specialist tyre fitters, light vehicle service technicians, heavy vehicle service technicians, motorcycle service technicians, vehicle inspectors (VOSA approved), body repair technicians, MET technicians, PDR technicians, paint technicians, parts advisers or supervisory and junior management roles.

Candidates are also encouraged to complete a level 2 Automotive Technician Accreditation assessment.

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How is it funded?

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider directly in incremental payments throughout the course of the apprenticeship.

Use our Modern Apprenticeship Contribution Table to work out the funding level for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees who are aged 16 – 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet the needs of your business.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

Time to complete

It will take between 12-24 months to complete.

Sound right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our employer engagement team to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000
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