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Apprentice Mechanic Howards Dorchester

We’re seeking an ambitious person keen to develop a long term career with our well established family owned business. You will be supported by trained technicians, whilst getting involved in the testing, servicing and repair of cars and light commercial vehicles.

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Closing date: 11 Jul 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    A typical working week would be (42 Hour Average week) Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5.00pm with 30 minutes for lunch (unpaid), and Saturdays 8.30 am – 12.30 pm on a rota basis. Until the age of 18 you will not be able to work over 40 hours per week.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    3 years

  • Possible start date

    12 Jul 2022

  • Date posted

    28 Feb 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

  • You will be involved in the testing, servicing and repair of light vehicles
  • Initially assisting current technicians, and as time progresses having the opportunity to become hands on and working independently
  • You will be proactive in keeping a clean working environment
  • Assist in fault finding and providing solutions
  • Adhere to Health and Safety rules and policies

Requirements and prospects

Desired 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 for us and really engage in the recruitment process.  We are looking for you to possess the following key behaviours:-

  • Team working/working with others
  • The motivation for the role/automotive and engineering interest
  • Personal responsibility and career ownership
  • Problem-solving

Personal qualities

  • Ambitious
  • Willingness to learn
  • Punctual
  • Attention to detail

Desired qualifications

GCSE (or equivalent) grades A*-C or 9-4 in maths and English (Predicted grades are accepted)

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 focused toward achieving an industry recognised qualification.

Things to consider

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applicants have been received. 

If you have not achieved Level 2 in Maths and English, you will be required to achieve this via Functional Skills by the end of the Apprenticeship. 

NOTE: If your application is successful, you must attend an initial interview with Yeovil College before your details are put forward to this employer. This will be arranged by an invitation from the College. This is not an interview for the job. 

After this, if successful, you will be to meet with the local Dealer in the form of a face-to-face interview.

About the employer

The Dorchester site is only a stone's throw away from Dorchester High Street and has all the latest Peugeot and Hyundai models and pre-owned vehicles.

We offer a large workshop with the latest Peugeot and Hyundai factory equipment and experienced and skilled Technicians to look after your vehicle.   We have a fleet of courtesy cars so that you can stay mobile when your vehicle is in for service, repair or MOT. Alternatively, we can offer a local courtesy lift. If you prefer to wait for your car you can enjoy the cafe area with its selection of hot or cold drinks and free customer wi-fi.


Howards Dorchester


London Road



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Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Yeovil College


Richard Sibbick 07951 881061

  • Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

The Requirements – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technicians have the following knowledge and understanding:

  • How vehicle service and repair is impacted by legislative, regulatory and ethical requirements, including health and safety law and environmental procedures;
  • The structure of the industry and how the business works from an operational perspective, business targets, the systems and processes that make up the efficient running of a business;
  • How to develop positive working relationships and communicate effectively and how to carry out self-evaluation and improve own performance;
  • The procedures for the maintenance of tools and the workshop;
  • Routine servicing and inspection procedures;
  • Steering and suspension geometries; electrical circuit requirements and calculations;
  • Construction and operation of vehicle components and systems;
  • Common fault types, causes and effects of different types of faults;
  • The implications and legal requirements of fitting accessories and carrying out vehicle modifications;
  • How to diagnose faults using suitable fault finding strategies;
  • Construction and operation of advanced electrical, braking and suspension systems, engine and transmission systems and engine and gear calculations;
  • Vehicle emissions and legal requirements;
  • Alternative fuels and hybrid and electric systems.

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technicians require the following skills, and will be able to:

  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop.
  • Demonstrate due regard for own safety and that of others in the workshop and minimise risk of injury and vehicle damage.
  • Carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures on a vehicle;
  • Obtain diagnostic and repair information
  • Interpret diagnostic information and use electrical wiring diagrams to determine system serviceability.
  • Use a range of diagnostic equipment.
  • Follow recognised diagnostic procedures, logical diagnostic sequence and apply advanced diagnostic principles and problem-solving techniques to establish faults.
  • Report faults using company procedures and recommend suitable further actions.
  • Follow recognised repair procedures to complete a wide range of repairs including those which involve complex procedures, or in depth knowledge.
  • Test the function of repaired and fitted components.
  • Adhere to business processes and complete documentation following workplace procedures.
  • Use ICT to create emails, word-process documents and carry out web based searches.
  • Complete a range of services and inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer.

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technicians demonstrate the following behaviours:

  • Take responsibility when required and be honest and accountable when things don’t go as planned
  • Operate as an effective team member
  • Behave in accordance with the values of the company and treat colleagues and customers with respect and courtesy.
  • Build effective relationships with colleagues and customers
  • Gain trust and pay attention to colleagues and customers concerns and needs
  • Communicate effectively on a range of topics and with all sorts of different people
  • Deliver excellent results and achieve challenging goals.
  • Contribute to problem solving discussions and enjoy finding solutions to own and other people’s problems.
  • Suggest ways to make the business more efficient and contribute to its commercial growth.
  • Constantly learn in order to improve own performance and that of the business
  • Share knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate a passion for engineering.

Before the Standard is met, all apprentices must hold a certificate that meets the EU’s 2014 F-gas regulation.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

This standard has been designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions and successful apprentices can apply for the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).

Apprenticeship standard

Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle)

Level 3 (A level)

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