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Kia Motor Vehicle Technician Apprentice Donalds Ltd

Would you like a career as a mechanic working for Kia, a dynamic and exciting brand whose company ethos is Family-like Care? Duties include investigation, repair and service of vehicles, producing estimates and carrying out diagnostics.

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Closing date: 14 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    15 Oct 2021

  • Date posted

    15 Mar 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

Are you passionate about a long-term career within the automotive industry? Do you strive to become a fully qualified Vehicle Technician? Do you want to join the UK's most exciting and dynamic car brand whose company ethos is Family-like Care? If the answer is yes, then the Kia Apprenticeship Programme could be the career route for you. Donald's are currently looking to recruit a Kia Light Vehicle Technician Apprentice to join the team at their busy dealership based in Bury St Edmunds. This is an exciting role with first-class training and outstanding long-term career prospects.

Duties will include:

  • Working alongside qualified Kia Technicians with the investigation, repair and service of vehicles
  • Producing estimates
  • Carrying out diagnostics
  • Warranty work
  • Assisting with MOT's on Kia vehicles
  • Other general technical duties and general housekeeping

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organised
  • Computer literate
  • Have a keen interest in and knowledge of the motor vehicle industry
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Passionate about the automotive industry
  • Forward thinking and keen to learn with an interest in development and progression
  • Hardworking
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Must have a can-do attitude
  • Polite and courteous

Desired qualifications

Minimum entry requirements: maths, English Language and ICT grades A*-C (new grading 9-4) or equivalent.

Future prospects

There is the potential of a permanent role with the organisation upon successful completion of your apprenticeship, however this will be determined by the employer. Your salary shall be reviewed throughout your apprenticeship.

Things to consider

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

About the employer

The Donalds Garage Group is one of East Anglia’s longest servicing car dealerships with four locations and eight franchises throughout the region, representing four Mazda sites, Volvo, Kia and two MG dealerships. We are part of the Central Garage Group of Companies, a group of franchised and non-franchised dealerships who sell and maintain cars and motorbikes. In 2020 Central Garage Group works with 12 franchises in 5 locations with 8 limited companies. The group is privately owned by the Hamblin family, which was originally founded by Bob Stanley Hamblin post WW2. Their Uppingham site is the original dealership Bob left to his son Peter, who then went on to grow the company over the decades changing the automotive focus from haulage to cars and motorbikes. Peter’s daughter Sam joined the company in the late 1990s and took over the reins in 2015.

‘Donalds Garage’ was originally formed by Noel John Charles Donald during the 30’s. Gradually establishing itself and growing in Peterborough over two decades, the limited company was registered on 18th August 1950. Peter Hamblin bought the business in the 60’s, and the Peterborough branch remains the original site of the Donalds Garage Group today. Over the years we have seen many brands fill the showroom floor, as was normal for the motor trade in those days, with Austin, Slinger, Hyundai and Datsun throughout the 60’s and 70’s and Daihatsu, Subaru and Alfa Romeo in more recent decades. In December 1980 Donalds joined the Mazda franchise family in Peterborough and in 2019 also welcomed MG to both Peterborough and Stamford dealerships.


Donalds Ltd


Abbey Garage Easlea Road

IP32 7BY

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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Nottingham College


Ashleigh Oates

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) Level 3.

The Apprenticeship Programme lasts for a total of 36 months. The training incorporates underpinning knowledge in partnership and managed by EMTEC Colleges. Throughout the duration of the programme the candidates will be expected to travel to the Kia Training Academy in Nottinghamshire for 20 separate weeks to carry out skills training.

Regular visits to the dealership from the Kia Training Academy Assessors will take place, who will observe all evidence opportunities that occur naturally in the workplace. Candidates will be expected to engage in self-directed learning outside of normal working hours, which will be monitored and tracked through an online e-portal.

The apprentice, employer and provider are required to maintain a log book that captures progress over the programme. Assessment Includes: On-going assessment of soft skills and behaviours, a behaviour assessment, Knowledge and understanding tests at the end of Gateway 1 and 2, Skills tests at the end of Gateway 1 and 2.

This is followed by the synoptic assessment, of which there are four components:

  • Log book (final year review to assess progress)
  • Behaviour Assessment
  • Knowledge Test (an in-depth, online test exploring knowledge/understanding of the apprentice)
  • Skills Test (two-day practical examination of the skills of the apprentice)

Apprenticeship standard

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle)

Level 3 (A level)

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