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Vehicle Damage Panel Repair Apprenticeship Drive Vauxhall Darlington

This exciting opportunity is the ideal for someone looking for a structured, supportive, and challenging apprenticeship and we are looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to join our dynamic teams. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.

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

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Closing date: 31 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £172.00

    Wages explained

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

    Minimum Wage Rates

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 08:30 - 17:30, however your exact hours will be confirmed at interview.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    07 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Sep 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001769973

  • Positions

    1 available

A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within a Body Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles.

With motor vehicle technology changing all the time panel technicians keep up to date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry. They do so by adhering to the manufacturer’s literature and modification bulletins.

  • Motor vehicle chassis and body alignment, e.g. underbody measurement and its impact on suspension and steering geometry
  • Vehicle body types, panel identification, safety systems, materials and alternative fuel
  • Use of Body Panel Repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g. alignment jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools
  • Removal and replacement of body panels and associated parts e.g. mechanically fixed components, chemically fixed components
  • Interpretation of technical data for joining techniques and replacement panels
  • Quality control process and the implications of poor quality
  • Knowledge of key process for vehicle panel repair such as Welding utilising either Tungsten, Inert Gas (TIG) and Metal, Inert Gas (MIG) & brazing along with spot welding, riveting utilising self-piercing rivets and utilising panel adhesive bonding as specified by the manufacturer
  • Health & Safety and compliance requirements of the bodyshop industry
  • Their direct commercial productivity and efficiency impact their role within the whole repair process. E.g, understanding the cost of mistakes and the need for accuracy. The impact of rework on resources and reputation

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Logical and creative thinking skills
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills

All of our opportunities receive a really good response and so we're looking for you to demonstrate why you stand out from the crowd. We're not looking for the finished article; rather we want to identify those people that are ambitious and demonstrate a willingness to learn, who are excited by the prospect of working with our fantastic, technologically advanced vehicles and really engage in the recruitment process.

Personal qualities

  • Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
  • Can use own initiative
  • A thorough and organised approach
  • Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
  • Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Desired qualifications

Prior Attainment: GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in maths and English. Predicated grades are accepted.

In Scotland, applicants must have or be predicted to achieve National 4 or above in English and maths and either a Science or Technical subject. Standard Grades 1-4 and Intermediates are also accepted.

'Equivalent' grades include:

  • BTEC first diplomas and certificates
  • OCR Nationals
  • Key Skills Level 2
  • NVQs
  • Essential Skills (Wales)
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • Core Skills (Scotland)

Future prospects

There are lots of opportunities to develop your career within our expanding business. Your early development is carefully mapped through your Apprenticeship journey with your learning focussed toward achieving an industry recognised qualification.


About the employer

Welcome to Drive Motor Retail

With a turnover of approximately £250 million per annum and over 700 members of staff employed in 13 dealerships and one dedicated service centre across the country, giving the business both a national presence and a local community spirit.

Representing Vauxhall, MG and Citroen we offer a wide range of new cars and vans whilst providing a wide range used and manufacturer approved vehicles to suit any need or price range.

Our reputation for excellence is reinforced by the ‘Drive Academy’ a dedicated resource which trains all customer facing staff to a consistent high standard to deliver the best possible customer service. We back this up with a UK based Customer Contact Centre that handles over 40,000 calls per month providing a ‘best-in-industry’ customer experience.

Our Service departments offer free Wi-Fi, refreshments, a waiting area with TV’s, works station and comfortable seating. To assist you with transportation we offer either a courtesy vehicle, collection and delivery service or while you wait appointments. All our service technicians are manufacturer trained and use the latest equipment to ensure quality and reliability.

Our Sales departments are able to show and demonstrate to you all the latest new car models as well as a wide selection of used cars. We also offer a wide selection of financial products to help you buy and protect your car, all of which are handled by our team of trained professional staff. As a Company we operate to the highest professional standards give appropriate and tailored advice and are regulated by the FCA.

As an employer of over 250 employees, government legislation requires us to publish our gender pay gap. The gender pay gap is the difference between the average salaries of men and women in a specific company. A gender pay gap may still exist if there is an uneven distribution of men and women within the company across the pay bands. Please find our 2021 report here.

Employer

Drive Vauxhall Darlington

Address

Chesnut Street

Darlington

DL1 1RJ

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Training

Training provider

CALEX UK LTD

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Calex UK Ltd

Contact

Calex UK Recruitment recruitment.calexuk@gmail.com

  • Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Over the 36-month programme you will work towards a Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (if required)
  • End-Point Assessment (EPA)
  • At work training supported with coaching, mentoring and assessment
  • Instructor led training at Volvo’s Training & Development Centre at Daventry
  • Online learning modules (+ other elective sessions if you wish)
  • Webinar based modules
  • Assignments and workbooks: completed by self-study/in dealer study
  • On the job competence assessment with assigned mentors

Apprenticeship standard

Vehicle damage panel technician

Level 3 (A level)


Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Jan 2022