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Apprentice Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Technician GRUNDON WASTE MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Our apprenticeship scheme, running for many years, is a great opportunity to kick-start your career as a fully qualified Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician, part of a highly skilled and supportive team maintaining Grundon’s fleet of waste collection vehicles to the highest standard.

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Closing date: 26 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £246.16 per week, which equates to 35% of the full current LGV Technician’s rate (excluding shift allowance).

  • Working week

    Mon to Fri: 07.30 to 16.30 Under 18: working week will be Mon to Fri, 07.30 to 16.30 – 40 hours. 18+: you will be eligible to join the local workshop shift system, depending on the requirements and staffing levels at that time.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    07 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Our Workshops look after all vehicle issues, including daily defects and any breakdowns, servicing, maintenance, and MOTs - all in place to support and ensure a smooth service and compliancy for our customers and operations.

Under the supervision and guidance of our experienced Workshop team (including former Apprentices like you), combined with online activities, webinars, tutorials, and day-release at Langley college, you will acquire the practical skills and on-the-job training to achieve your apprenticeship, like the many Grundon apprentices who have gone before you. 

On a day-to-day basis, you will help to prepare vehicles for workshop maintenance and assist with inspections, repairs and general maintenance of the fleet. 

You will learn how to:

  • Carry out the basic tasks with tools and equipment common to all LGV vehicle mechanical and electrical procedures
  • Service, inspect and maintain LGVs and trailers to the required standards
  • Use a range of diagnostic and electrical measuring equipment to identify faults and underlying causes
  • Carry out final quality checks before handover to the customer without supervision
  • Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical/problem solving techniques and regimes

You will gain knowledge of:

  • The fundamentals of LGV technologies, e.g., chassis design, engine, fuels, transmissions, electrical (12/24v), air-conditioning, hydraulic and air braking, air suspension systems etc
  • Diagnosing principles and logical problem- solving techniques
  • Operators’ “O” Licence requirements relating to LGVs
  • The importance of safety inspection and maintenance schedules to meet Operator’s (O) licence and legal obligations
  • How the business works from an operational perspective and demonstrate commercial and financial awareness
  • Complex problem-solving techniques

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician (Heavy Vehicle) Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths level 2, if required
  • One full day in a week for class and practical training in Langley Campus, Langley

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As part of your commitment to Grundon, you will be expected to remain in our employment for the duration of the apprenticeship and, if a position if available, for up to two years after successful completion of your apprenticeship.

We will continue to support you throughout your career with Grundon, and we actively encourage personal development and internal promotion.

We practise what we preach – many of our former apprentices still work for us, either us as LGV Technicians or even Workshop Managers

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Passion for Vehicles, Safety Awareness


GCSE or equivalent English and Maths (Grade D/3 or above) Desired

Things to consider

- Why do you want to become our next Apprentice Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Technician? Note to applicants: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ADDRESS THIS POINT IN YOUR APPLICATION FORM - You must be happy with early starts

About the employer

Founded in 1929, Grundon Waste Management is an award-winning and highly successful family-owned waste management and environmental business (we were the first to introduce the wheelie bin to the UK). You may have seen our distinctive blue lorries around or driven past our advanced Energy from Waste facility on the outskirts of London. We provide waste collection, recycling and environmental monitoring services to all kinds of businesses, from shops and manufacturers to hospitals and airports, so you can bet we have state-of-the-art treatment and recovery facilities. We continue to invest millions of pounds in new technologies. We also have an extensive vehicle fleet, maintained by six Workshops, which is where you come in. Proud of our environmental commitments, we achieved an industry first by introducing CarbonNeutral® certification across our entire road-going vehicle fleet. Overall, ours is a fascinating and fast-moving sector to work in! Join us and you will be one of around 750 employees in our mainly Southeast operating area.




Lakeside Road





Sarah Clarke

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Training provider



Emma Raymond

01753 443857

Apprenticeship standard

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

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