Apprentice Vehicle Damage Assessor - Apollo Motor Company (Southampton) Ltd APOLLO MOTOR COMPANY (SOUTHAMPTON) LIMITED

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a apprentice vehicle damage assessor at our award winning Bodyshop. We are seeking a hardworking, highly organized individual who can work well within our vehicle damage assessment team using electronic estimating software to produce accurate vehicle accident repair costings for our extensive customer base. The role includes make use of manual and digital image technology to record areas of identified damage, identifying non-accident-related damage to vehicle and applying accurate opinion times for method and duration of repair.

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Closing date: 04 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £11,255.40 to £22,230.00

    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 - 5:30pm (30-minute unpaid Lunch break) Saturday morning optional.

    Total hours per week: 45.0

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Aug 2023

  • Date posted

    01 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Appraise a damaged vehicle and identify and record damage, including impact zone and severity 
  • Identify non-accident-related damage to vehicle 
  • Make use of manual and digital image technology to record areas of identified damage 
  • Accurately record data from the vehicle e.g, mileage, model, make, etc. 
  • Identify and evaluate condition of safety related systems 
  • Access industry vehicle repair methods and apply them appropriately 
  • Differentiate between repair over replacement of components 
  • Apply accurate opinion times for method and duration of repair 
  • Assess the cost and duration of a repair 
  • Discuss damage and repairs with vehicle owners, insurance companies, staff and managers. 
  • Listen to views, opinions and feedback while responding to concerns and negotiating using evidence-based reasoning 
  • Assess the current market value of vehicles using approved manufactures guides 
  • Obtain authorisation from the client to proceed with repairs to a vehicle while confirming costs 
  • Interpret and accurately apply estimating and business software 


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

  • The qualification is IMI Vehicle Damage Assessor Level 4(HNC)
  • The off the job training is carried out by Thatcham academy via 8 one week blocks at Thatcham Research - Newbury Berkshire
  • Travel and accommodation(D.B.B) is arranged by Apollo Motor Group
  • Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Fully qualified VDA position
  • Possible flexibility of VDA group support role 
  • Gateway to future assistant or full management roles within our group

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4/C or above) Essential
NVQ or SVQ Level 2 or equivalent Motor vehicle (Grade Pass) Essential
Other Motor vehicle experience (Grade minimum 2 years) Essential

About the employer

Established in 1985, Apollo Motor Group has repeatedly impressed and set industry standards with unparalleled service excellence. As a result, the company has evolved into the best known and most valuable repair group in the south with 20 sites. Apollo places its employees at the heart of the business and even though the group has constantly grown, it still withholds its family values. Every single person is important, cared for and holds a valued position within the Apollo family.




Unit H Griffin Industrial Estate Brunel Road Totton


SO40 3SH


Jim Swann

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Apprenticeship standard

Vehicle damage assessor

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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