Apprentice Light Vehicle Technician - Available Car - Castle Donington -Derby Available Car

Working as an Apprentice Light Vehicle Technician at one of Available Car Centres, you will be learning the skills required to become a fully skilled Technician.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Nov 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    01 Dec 2017

  • Date posted

    24 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

If you have an interest in motor vehicle technology, this is your opportunity to start your career.  If successful, you will be employed by one of Available Cars centres located throughout the UK.

As an Apprentice, you will work alongside an experienced Technician, maintaining and repairing customer’s vehicles.

The job will involve the service, diagnosis and repair of a wide variety of motor vehicles to very high industry standards.

Duties will include;

  • Carrying out foundation tasks common to all service and repair procedures, such as, removing and replacing bolts, screws, clips, seals and fasteners, sometimes using cutting, drilling, filing and other fabrication skills.
  • Contributing to a safe and efficient workshop environment, by adhering to the company’s Health and Safety processes, accurate record keeping, and following standardised workshop practices.
  • Accessing information such as wiring diagrams, technical data, and vehicle repair information, then applying the information appropriately.
  • Using complex diagnostic, mechanical, and, electrical measuring equipment.
  • Inspecting and preparing vehicles to quality standards prior to handing over to customers.
  • Service and maintain without supervision.
  • Removing, repairing/replacing components to manufacturer’s specification.
  • Investigate vehicle faults and identify their underlying causes.
  • Apply advanced diagnostic principles, and logical problem solving techniques, using diagnostic tools, and standard testing regimes, to identify mechanical and electrical faults.


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will gain the Apprenticeship Standard in Automotive Retail Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) qualification, and be a fully qualified light vehicle technician.

Vehicles are highly complex, and whilst no formal qualifications are required, you must be literate and numerate, with a desire to learn.  You must possess a genuine interest in motor vehicle technology, and have practical ability to become a first-rate technician. 

You will attend residential training blocks at the ProVQ Training Centre in Shrewsbury, as part of your apprenticeship.  Travel and accommodation are provided during this time, and you are paid as per your normal working times.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

You should be;

  • Technically minded
  • Practical
  • Able to think logically

Personal qualities

You should be;

  • A good listener
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Willing to study
  • A team player

Qualifications required

Ideally, you will have, or be predicted to gain, good GCSE’s (or equivalent) in English and Maths, although these are not essential.  However, you must be literate and numerate.

Future prospects

Once qualified, the right candidate can progress within the company

Things to consider

Positive points • If you have a genuine interest in cars, you will love learning how they work. • Successful diagnosis and repair of faults is very rewarding and provides great job satisfaction Negative points • This is a physically demanding role, being on your feet most of the time. • You will be expected to work Saturday’s on a rota basis Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour from 1st April 2017. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

About the employer

Available Car is owned by Graham and Alison Bell, who saw a gap in the market for low fixed priced used cars, sold in a hassle-free environment. This philosophy has paid-off substantially, as customers visit Available Car time and again to find a new car without having to haggle or worry about service history. Since opening in January 2002, Available Car have sold over 100,000 cars priced from £3,000, through to £23,000 ensuring there is always something for every style and budget. All vehicles supplied by Available Car are thoroughly inspected and documented by our Team of fully qualified mechanics and quality controlled by our senior technicians. All cars, regardless of age, are cosmetically prepared to the same 'showroom' condition at our state of the art, smart repair centre, paint shop and cleaning centre.


Available Car


Station Road


DE74 2NL

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Training provider

Apprenticeship Standard in Automotive Retail Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle)

Apprenticeship standard

Automotive retail > Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician [light vehicle]

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Provq


Julie Jones or Carol Buckley 01743 762044

Employer's Application Instructions

Simply visit the apprenticeshipfinder website, and click apply. Complete the application form in full and to the best of your ability. Do not apply directly to the Autocentre.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 03 Nov 2017