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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprentice T REEVE & SON LTD

The successful apprentice will work alongside a mentor to repair damaged vehicles. The role will involve replacing and repairing damaged panels which can include panel reshaping, wielding, bonding and mechanical fixing. You will be based at Moulsecoomb Way, in Brighton and day release will be from East Sussex College’s Eastbourne Campus.

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Closing date: 09 Feb 2023

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

    40 hours per week, 8.30am-5.30pm, Monday - Friday, with a 1-hour unpaid lunch.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    13 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    10 Jan 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Some of the key tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification
  • Using repair tools
  • Learning to use different vehicle technology
  • Using jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools
  • Motor vehicle chassis and body alignment
  • Learning the key process for vehicle panel repair such as Welding utilising either Tungsten, InertGas (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
  • Follow safety precautions
  • 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
  • Learning to identify where panels are beyond repair
  • Learning to detect and rectify faults
  • Work alongside a mentor and a team

The apprenticeship may start before the closing date.

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

You will complete the Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician apprenticeship standard and be awarded either a grade Pass or Distinction. If you don't have GCSEs, at grade C/4 above or equivalent you will also have to complete Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English.

6 hours of your week will be spent on something called off-the-job training.

Training will be covered by day release, as well as being in the workplace. Common forms of training include completing written assignments, meetings with your assessor, being mentored and shadowing other members of staff. Throughout your apprenticeship you will be required to keep an off-the-job training log for any training that you complete. We cannot enter you in for your End Point Assessment until you have logged all of your training.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Once qualified further advanced training within your discipline.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Team working, Communication, Work independently, Time keeping, Reliability, Honesty


GCSE or equivalent English Literature or Language and maths (Grade 4/C/Level 2 Functional Skills) Desired

Things to consider

Day release will be from East Sussex College, one day per week, located at the Eastbourne Campus, located in Hampden Park. You will have to travel to the campus, once a week, term time only. The college is about a ten minute walk from the train station. Please ensure that you can travel to the employer and the college before applying.

About the employer

T. Reeve & Son was started in 1869 nearly 150 years ago by John Reeve as a coach builder, the business was passed to his sons Lewes and Tom who steered it through the first world war and into the post war period when steel built motor cars replaced wooden coaches. Hand painting was superseded by compressed air spraying of which we had one of the first systems in Brighton. Tom Reeve ran the business through the great depression of the thirties handing over to his son John Reeve just prior to the second world war when John was called up he had to come back to work at the age of 20 to keep things ticking over. Over the second war John Reeve with his partner Mr G Stenning turned T. Reeve & Son as a Limited company. Things were very busy in the post war years as car ownership became more widespread, John Reeves son Brian joined the company in 1963 which by then had moved from the original premises in the centre of town to a purpose built work shop in Hollingdean Road. In the 1970's there were several major advances in repair techniques car jigs were designed to repair heavily damaged vehicles to their manufacturers chassis specifications. Paint technology had also improved using two pack paints for greater durability and better gloss. These had to be sprayed in a booth of which we once again had the first in the Brighton area. In 1989 due to the retirement of Mr J Reeve and Mr Stenning the business was taken over by Mr Brian Reeve and his wife Maggie. In 1997 we had a serious fire in our main workshop which necessitated a move to our current site in 1999. The new site enabled us to re-equip with the most up to date methods of repair and spraying. Around the time of the move Thomas and Eleanor Reeve, two of our children joined the company they helped ensure the family continuity. During the following decade the company has expanded considerably as many large insurers, accident management and lease companies recommend us as they know we are capable of meeting their key performance indicators on repair costs, time taken on repairs key to key) and satisfaction surveys (independently audited). We are lucky to have skilled and committed work force to enable us to deliver the quality and service that our customers and work providers expect. During the last decade we have become BSI kitemark registered (see box) we also now have an on site MOT station , service bay and tyre bay to offer a wider range of services to our customers including our new diamond cut specialist wheel refurbishment machine. Thomas and Eleanor Reeve have now been made Directors of the company ensuring a smooth transition to another generation with new energy to take the challenges of the future.








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Training provider



Katie Parris


Apprenticeship standard

Vehicle damage panel technician

Level 3 (A level)

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