Accident Repair Technician - Multi-Skilled Bodyshop Apprentice British Car Auctions (BCA)

BCA have a great opportunity for anyone looking to enhance their skills with an Accident Repair Apprenticeship. This role allows you to develop technical skills in all repair aspects from removing damaged and associated components from a vehicle and refitting, and re-assembling replacement or existing components with great future career options.

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Closing date: 20 Jan 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £10,982.40 to £21,673.60

    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: 7.00am - 3.30pm with a 30 minute lunch break.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    21 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

BCA currently have an opening for an Accident Repair Technician Apprentice, this multi-skilled role is demanding as the successful applicant will work in a modern Bodyshop environment, working on a broad range of vehicles to develop a level of skill in all craft aspects of vehicle accident repair, including Mechanical, Electrical and Trim, Panel Repair and Replacement, Paint while learning their trade to a recognised qualification.

You will be the next generation of body shop technicians with the ability to adapt and change. This is great role for someone who is willing to jump start their career and have an interest in problem solving.

Duties may include:

Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET):

  • Remove damaged and associated components from a vehicle and refit
  • Re-assemble replacement or existing components to a vehicle
  • Remove and re-assemble permanent and non-permanent fixed vehicle body panels
  • Remove and refit all types of vehicle body panels
  • Remove and refit trim components
  • Identify and describe principle vehicle electrical components and systems
  • Diagnose and rectify basic vehicle electrical faults

Panel Repair and Replacement:

  • Repair all types of vehicle body panels
  • Repair or refurbish Trim components
  • Repair vehicles using thermal welding operations and processes
  • Repair vehicles using non thermal joining, bonding and adhesive processes
  • Remove, repair and replace structural body panels
  • Identify and rectify vehicle body structural misalignment

Preparation and Paint:

  • Apply body filler and foundation materials
  • Prepare all types of vehicle body material
  • Prepare and refinish metal, plastic and pre-painted surfaces
  • Repair minor defects in all types of body panels and materials
  • Apply paint, primer and basecoat
  • Apply topcoats and clear coats and complete final refinishing operations
  • Identify and rectify paint or preparation defects

The training you will be getting

Training is delivered in the workplace and via 9 weekly college training blocks per year at S&B's specialist Automotive Academy in Bristol.

The apprentice will be assigned a workplace mentor and an S&B development coach who will offer support, advice, and guidance by monitoring progress via S&B’s purposely developed eLogbook that all parties can access at any time.

Apprentices take a Gateway Assessment at the end of every year to progress until the completion of the End Point Assessment.

If an apprentice faces a daily commute to S&B’s Academy that is not viable whilst on a weekly training block, the apprentice can arrange with the employer to stay in hotel accommodation. 

As a result, you will receive the following qualification:

  • Level 3 Accident Repair Technician standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (If not already exempt)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

As a company, we are committed to providing development and training opportunities to our employees. An apprenticeship is the grounding for your future development and there are lots of opportunities to develop your career.

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, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


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

Things to consider

The competition for apprenticeship placements is strong so please ensure your application is tailored to the type of apprenticeship you are applying for, pay attention to presentation, spelling and grammar and include any relevant experience, hobbies/interests or qualifications.

About the employer

Here at BCA we have many different teams and skillsets which means there are plenty of ways to learn and grow your career with us. BCA is built on strong values. Our people have a strong can-do mindset and share a passion for customer excellence. If you're looking to join a business with a supportive culture where real teamwork is the norm, you're in the right place.


British Car Auctions (BCA)


Bristol West Dock

Royal Portbury Dock Road


BS20 7XJ

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Luke Morrison

07719 545586

Apprenticeship standard

Accident repair technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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