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Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship Uttlesford District Council

We're looking for an Apprentice to join the fleet servicing team. Learn skills to maintain & repair a wide variety of vehicles, plant & machinery in accordance with contract specification and health & safety legislation. Working with the workshop team to deliver the smooth & safe operation & support wider operations of Environmental Services.

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Closing date: 18 Dec 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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 - 17:00 (16:30 on Friday)

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    14 Sep 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

As part of your day to day duties your key responsibilities will include:-

  • To repair, maintain, weld and service vehicles such as:- Heavy goods vehicles (HGV), 32 ton refuse collection trucks, Hydraulic tippers, Small light goods vehicles (LGV), Plant and machinery
  • Work with the team to achieve timely, prioritised maintenance, repair and servicing of the Council's vehicles and plant such as:- Mot preparation, Electrical wiring, Vehicle Diagnostics, Hydraulic servicing
  • Use clear written and verbal communication with customers, colleagues and managers
  • Maintain records and data as required on repair and servicing of vehicles, machinery and plant
  • Undertake further training and development as required to fulfil the needs of the service
  • Ensure health and safety requirements and manufacturer's guidelines are adhered to at all times including the use of protective clothing when appropriate
  • Undertake any other duties which may reasonably be within the competence of the post holder or the scope of the post
  • To monitor own work and identify best practice opportunities to improve both service position and development

The above duties and responsibilities give a broad outline of the functions of the post.

However by necessity, these duties must be approached in a flexible manner to accommodate the changing needs and demands of the service provided by Uttlesford District Council.

The post holder will be expected to adapt to changing circumstances and therefore the outline of duties may change from time to time

To be successful in the role we are looking for applicants that are:

  • Self-motivated and able to work effectively and productively within a small team
  • Willing and able to work on refuse vehicles including recovery from landfill sites

In return we will provide you with a broad Apprenticeship experience supported by Harlow College. We aim to teach you the skills to maintain a wide variety of vehicles, plant and machinery, including use of appropriate tools and equipment and associated health and safety legislation. No two problems are the same and because of this no two days are the same when working on council plant vehicles.

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

The apprenticeship programme usually consists of the following elements:

  • Knowledge element
  • This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work which is delivered when you attend College, so that you can put these newly acquired skills into practice at work.

Competence element:

  • This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly within the workplace by a Harlow College Assessor to ensure that you are developing your skills within the workplace and putting all that you learn at College into practice

Functional skills:

  • This area covers English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) if not already at Grad 4 GCSE standard

Transferable skills:

  • These are the skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an employee within the workplace (ERR)
  • The duration of the course is 36 months
  • You will attend College for 1 day a week and you be in the workplace for the remaining 4 days

How and when will I study?

  • IMI NVQ Level 3 in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Level 2 Functional Skills – English, if required,
  • Level 2 IT, if required
  • ERR (Employment Rights & Responsibilities)
  • PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Further training and progression is available and there is potential for a permanent position once fully qualified

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Enthusiasm/Motivation, Self discipline


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential

Things to consider

The post holder will be expected to follow the council policies and procedures and act in a flexible, co-operative and professional manner at all times, assisting colleagues to maintain an effective and efficient service delivered economically. The post holder will also be expected to operate within corporate standards of performance and security. In addition, the post holder will be expected to contribute to the general tidiness and housekeeping and ensure a safe working environment is maintained. You will be required to ensure your tetanus immunization is up to date. Uttlesford district council vehicle services department based in Little Canfield. This Apprenticeship will include a weekly day release to Harlow College. You will be required to ensure your tetanus immunization is up to date. The role will involve dirt, grime and working in an environment that will lead to being exposed to refuse. You will be responsible for getting yourself to and from work and to Harlow College. Please look at which could help with public transport with route planning. You will be; • Self-motivated. • Willing to learn the skills to maintenance of a wide variety of vehicle, plant and machinery, including use of appropriate tools and equipment and associated health and safety legislation. • Ability to work effectively and productively within a small team. • Willing and able to work on refuse vehicles including recovery from landfill sites. • Ability to work without compromising the health and safety of self and others • Literate & numerate. Ability to understand and interpret written and verbal instruction. • Any experience in automotive repair and maintenance workshop or garage with heavy vehicles. • Self-awareness and demonstrates self-control • Self-discipline and organization • Integrity • Priority Management • Gathers information and learns from it • Problem solver and analysis • Uses own judgment and can work independently • Sensitivity to others • Teamwork • Developing an maintains relationships • Awareness of equality and diversity amongst colleagues • Clear use of written and spoken English • Understands customer and client needs and expectations • Can follow Uttlesford district council’s customer service standards • Awareness of equality and diversity when working with customers • Provides valued service • Uses customer and client feedback for continuous improvement • Takes part in continuous professional development and shows awareness of other roles within the organisation. Question one: - Answer in 500 words or less why you want to work as a HGV mechanic and what career you are looking for long term? Question two: - How will you travel to work every day? - How will you travel to Harlow College one day a week?

About the employer

General company information: 350 characters max: Uttlesford District Council is a predominantly rural district in north-west Essex encompassing Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Thaxted and about 100 villages and hamlets in between. Uttlesford was named by the Halifax's 2018 Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey as the best rural place to live in the East of England - and in the top ten for the whole of the UK! We employ approx. 300 staff and deliver a huge range of services for residents and businesses such as bin collections, providing council housing, deciding on planning, collecting Council Tax, restaurant inspections and running Saffron Walden Museum.


Uttlesford District Council


Little Canfield Business Park

High Cross Lane East

Little Canfield


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Training provider



Kellie Tighe


Apprenticeship standard

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

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