Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprentice Halfords Autocentres Limited

A fantastic opportunity to join Halfords Group PLC within one of the 300 Halfords Autocentres in the UK. Join an energetic skilled workforce of Auto Vehicle Technicians. You will learn from the best and hopefully shine to be the future employees of Halfords Auto Technicians. You will receive great training, great support and also a great salary.

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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £150.00

  • Working week

    5 day working week 0800 -1800 over 40 hours on a rota basis Monday to Saturday with 2 days off

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    14 Sep 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001309802

  • Positions

    2 available

An apprentice in one of the 319 Halfords Autocentres is unlike anything you will find in a traditional service business. Within our Autocentres no two days are ever the same. You can expect to encounter almost any make or model of car for almost every piece of work you can think of; from servicing, inspections to the more complex repair work, engine rebuild to diagnostics work.

A successful Halfords Autocentre Apprentice is adaptable, flexible and enjoys the challenge of resolving new problems every day.

You will be customer focused with sharp attention to detail as well as the ability to listen to and learn from you college lecturers and colleagues/mentors to gain the skills to diagnose and repair vehicles to the highest standard.

The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.

The day-to-day tasks faced by the technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques.

Today’s apprentice has to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role.

They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of a vehicle’s systems.

They must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member, understand how their work shop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective.

The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Carry out the foundation tasks common to all procedures e.g. removing and replacing bolts, screws and clips, replacing seals, extracting damaged fasteners, cutting, drilling, filing, using fabrication skills etc.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to the dealership/garage’s business processes (e.g. environmental awareness, servicing a vehicle, record keeping, customer contact) and standard workshop operations
  • Access specific information e.g. vehicle repair information, wiring diagrams, maintenance tables, technical production information and apply appropriately.
  • Use diagnostic, mechanical and electrical measuring equipment.
  • Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer e.g. following a service, complex repair, pre-delivery inspection etc.
  • Service and maintain a vehicle without supervision.
  • Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturer’s standards.
  • Investigate symptoms of vehicle fault(s) and identify the likely underlying causes.
  • Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques, supported by diagnostic tools and testing regimes, to establish electrical, mechanical and electronic faults.
  • Use current flow diagrams and electrical test equipment to carry out standard diagnostic and repair procedures.

As a successful Apprentice in Halfords Autocentre you will be part of the larger Halfords Group and be one of the 12,000 colleagues we have working across the UK.

Halfords is one of the best known retail /service brands on the high street, priding ourselves on the quality of service we offer the general public, and you could be part of this amazing team.

For the right candidate this position will offer

  • 30 days holiday rising to 33 days
  • Constant variety of vehicles to work on
  • Variety of career development opportunities
  • Life assurance
  • Discount high street shopping scheme
  • Great benefits including, a very generous staff discount scheme, pension,  tool purchase scheme to name a few of our amazing Company benefits

An amazing opportunity with one of the Top 30 Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Very key to this role is a friendly, helpful, team-orientated person with a  strong desire to build a career as a Auto Vehicle Technician.
  • Interset in cars and solving problemsh
  • Able to use hands and have a strong and fit attitude to work due to the manual work involved
  • Knowledge of Auto Vehicle maintennce
  • Enjoys working and fixing problems with cars
  • Knowledge of Microsoft packages

 

Personal qualities

  • Those who enjoy the practical application of knowledge and skills are especially likely to have an aptitude for the work.
  • Interested in the way vehicles operate and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems; organised, methodical and pays attention to detail;
  • Able to work in a team and to communicate well both orally and in writing; cares about delivering excellent service – both internally and externally to colleagues and customers
  • Able to demonstrate general analytical and mechanical skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn.
  • A successful Halfords Autocentre Apprentice is adaptable, flexible and enjoys the challenge of resolving new problems every day.  You will be customer focused with sharp attention to detail as well as the ability to listen to and learn from you college lecturers and colleagues/mentors to gain the skills to diagnose and repair vehicles to the highest standard.

Qualifications required

  • 5 GCSE (or equivalent) at grades A-C
  • Candidates without English and Maths at GCSE Grade C (or Functional Skills Level 2) or above will undertake level 2 Functional skills through the 3 year apprenticeship standard.

Future prospects

A full time position for the right person earning of £17,000-£18,000 once qualified. Progression opportunities across the Halfords Group PLC for Team Leader, management roles.

Things to consider

Can you travel on local transport within 45 mins? Attendance to Reading College on day release is compulsory within this Apprenticeship. Project and assignments are included within this apprenticeship 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

Halfords Autocentre has over 300 sites across the UK. They are part of the larger Halfords Group which has over 12,000 staff. Halfords is one of the best known retail /service brands on the high street, priding themselves on the quality of service they offer the general public. Halfords Autocentre is the UK's leading MOT, car service, brakes, repairs and tyres specialist. They are one of the Top 30 Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for. Working for Halfords has man benefits so not only quality and fantastic training and support but also the following: • 30 days holiday rising to 33 days • Constant variety of vehicles to work on • Variety of career development opportunities • Life assurance • Discount high street shopping scheme Great benefits including, a very generous staff discount scheme, pension, and tool purchase scheme to name a few of our amazing Company benefits.

Employer

Halfords Autocentres Limited

Address

Unit 3

Stadium Way

Tilehurst

Reading

RG30 6BX

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Additional location information

We also have a vacancy in Halfords Autocentre - 1-2 Kingsgrove Indus Estate, Invincible Road, Farnborough, GU14 7QU

Training provider

Qualification:

Apprentices are involved in the servicing, maintenance and leak testing of equipment that
contains refrigerants.

  • Therefore; before the Standard is met, all apprentices must hold a qualification that meets the EU’s 2014 F-gas regulation. Acceptable qualifications required to work on mobile air conditioners that contain F gas are listed here. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive the apprentice Standard.
  • Attendance to Reading College on day release is included.
  • 5 GCSE grades A-C preferred
  • Candidates without English and Maths at GCSE Grade C (or Functional Skills Level 2) or above will undertake level 2 Functional skills through the 3 year apprenticeship standard.

Apprenticeship standard

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

Training provider

ACTIVATE LEARNING

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by City of Oxford College

Contact

Jackie Bijkerk 07769682469 jackie.bijkerk@activateapprenticeships.co.uk


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Closing date: 29 Sep 2017