Heavy Vehicle Apprenticeship - Ford & Slater Leicester FORD & SLATER LIMITED

An exciting opportunity to work for DAF as part of a highly skilled work force that is committed to quality. Working alongside qualified technicians who will be dealing with all aspects of the maintenance and repair of heavy vehicles.

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Closing date: 30 Aug 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Days and hours to be confirmed. Shift work, weekends may be required.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    33 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    13 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

An exciting opportunity to work for DAF as part of a highly skilled work force that is committed to quality.

The course is fully supported with all of the training you require to become fully qualified. With the rapid increase in the complexity of today’s trucks - and the technology needed to keep them up and running - first class training for those involved in the vital servicing and maintenance of these vehicles has become more important than ever.

The DAF apprentice programme gives you the chance to join the select group of specialist technicians working on some of the most modern, sophisticated trucks on the road.

The day to day tasks include:

  • Observing and assisting technicians
  • Following health and safety procedures
  • Servicing
  • MOTs
  • All aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair

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

Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician level 3 standard. 

Desired skills:

  • Full training will be provided, no skills required apart from excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Personal qualities:

  • A keen interest in heavy vehicles
  • The employer is looking for an apprentice that is very hard working and motivated to learn new skills 

Desired qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in English and maths are preferable

Things to consider:

  • When on a DAF apprenticeship, you will be required to attend the City of Bristol College 4 times a year, for two weeks at a time. All accommodation and travel costs are paid for

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

DAF believes in providing an extensive, high quality apprenticeship which gives their apprentices the opportunity to advance, succeed and fulfil all ambitions for a career in the motor industry and with such a wide range of skills instilled, an apprentice can move into any other area of the motor industry.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent Maths & English (Grade 4) Desired

About the employer

The company was founded in 1928 and has a distinguished history as a franchised commercial vehicle dealer. Ford & Slater was acquired by Peter Strevens in 1991 and the Directors of Ford & Slater comprise Strevens family members and other senior managers. Certain key milestones in recent years include the following: Ford & Slater Norwich relocated to a new £2 million dealership in 2004 Ford & Slater Corby was opened in 2006 Ford & Slater Donington relocated to its new Spalding dealership in 2007 Ford & Slater opened its new Coventry dealership in 2011 We relocated our Newark dealership to the Currys Newark Vehicle Maintenance Unit in November 2011 Six ATFs across the group as at Oct 2012 Winner of the Motor Transport Apprenticeship of the Year Award in 2018 Winner of the PACCAR Financial International Dealer of the Year in 2018 Winner of Retail Sales of the Year in 2018 As a privately-owned company we take a long-term view. The Company owns the majority of its dealerships, profits have been re-invested since 1991 and security of employment is very important. Our Mission Statement is to exceed our customer’s expectations by offering high quality transport services in an ethical manner at competitive prices. We will achieve this by utilising the synergies within our dealership group, offering innovative solutions and a “one-stop shop” provided by highly motivated and skilled long-term employees, reinvesting profits to provide modern, safe premises. DAF Trucks is our only truck manufacturer relationship, consequently our interests are wholly aligned with DAF Trucks unlike other dealers with competing manufacturer relationships. DAF Trucks is a subsidiary of PACCAR Inc, the worldwide quality leader in the design and manufacture of premium light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.




Hazel Drive

Narborough Road South



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Training provider



Kelly Bell


01923 216165

Apprenticeship standard

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician

Level 3 (A level)

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