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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprentice - Darlington Drive Vauxhall Redcar

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic person to start their career within the automotive industry. As an Apprentice Vehicle Damage Panel Technician, you will work as part of a highly skilled workforce that is committed to quality. The successful candidate can expect a high-quality training package with excellent career prospects. You will undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair, ability to identify and understand the correct joining technology.

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Closing date: 31 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 8.00am - 5.00pm

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2023

  • Date posted

    10 Nov 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing
    repair, including safety precautions, panel preparation and body
  • Identify the material used in the construction to enable the
    correct joining techniques and manufacturer specifications to be
    adhered to
  • Interpret relevant technical data and methods to make sure that
    any joints are in line with vehicle manufacturer specification and
    the vehicle/body panels are aligned correctly
  • Ability to identify and understand the correct joining technology
  • Remove, repair, and replace vehicle body panels and
    components of the vehicle safely and efficiently
  • Operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in
    the process, panel pulling systems, jig and alignment tools, spot
    welders, brazing tools
  • Identify and communicate supplementary damage such as
    panels that were deemed to be reparable but once worked on
    were found to be beyond repair along with damage that could
    not be established on original inspection
  • Ability to detect and rectify faults within a vehicles structure
    that’s integral to its safety
  • Maintaining high standards of housekeeping

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

  • Our training partner will deliver a high-quality Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician programme here in our state-of-the-art bodyshop
  • You will work alongside a highly skilled mentor - both will support you in becoming a skilled and qualified vehicle panel technician
  • You will achieve certification in Refrigerant Handling and if required Level 2 English and maths Functional Skills

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Following completion of your apprenticeship, you can have a full-time career within the automotive industry with many opportunities to progress to positions of authority such as workshop controller, Vehicle Damage Assessor or Bodyshop Manager
  • The opportunities are endless, having a highly regarded set of skills, Apprentices can go on to develop their careers within the automotive sector following their own interests and ambitions

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Physical fitness


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

About the employer

Drive Motor Retail was named European Dealer Group of the Year by Vauxhall. Beating 30 groups in 14 countries, it was recognised as the top performer for customer satisfaction, sales performance and financial results. At Drive Vauxhall our Award-Winning Vauxhall Body Shop and Accident Repair Centres are staffed with technicians trained to the highest levels, from major to small repairs. We have all the latest equipment in our body repair shop departments to make sure all work is carried out to the highest quality, ensuring that we keep you updated step by step with your work on your vehicle and processing it as promptly as possible. Our most caring, sensitive staff, are at hand to assist you step by step with your work on your vehicle and processing it as promptly as possible.


Drive Vauxhall Redcar


Chesnut St


Co. Durham


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Training provider



Gavin Batie

Apprenticeship standard

Vehicle damage panel technician

Level 3 (A level)

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