Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) Apprentice - Luton, Bedfordshire COUGAR ACCIDENT REPAIR CENTRE LTD

As a Vehicle Damage Assessor, you will be inspecting and assessing accident-damaged vehicles. You will learn skills to appraise and compile accurate estimates. Researching repair methods to work out the correct and safe repair required for each individual vehicle and be using specialist software to produce work instructions and costings.

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Closing date: 17 Jul 2024

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: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    25 Apr 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an apprentice Vehicle Damage Assessor, your role will be varied and interesting - no two days will be the same! Typically duties will include: 

  • Inspecting and assessing accident-damaged vehicles
  • Researching repair methods to work out the correct and safe repair required for each individual vehicle
  • Using specialist software to produce work instructions and costings
  • Liaise with technical colleagues, customers and insurance companies to negotiate the repair

The training you will be getting

  • Our training partner will deliver a high-quality programme here in our state-of-the-art body shop alongside a highly skilled mentor  - both will support you in becoming a skilled and qualified vehicle damage assessor
  • Once the apprenticeship is complete, you will achieve a Level 4 Apprenticeship Qualification in Vehicle Damage Assessor
  • Functional skills if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Following completion of your apprenticeship you can expect permanent employment as well as opportunities to progress into roles such as Workshop Controller 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, 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 GCSE or equivalent (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths GCSE or equivalent (Grade Grade 4/C or above) Essential

About the employer

Established in 1995, Cougar Accident Repair Centre has been a key member of the Luton business community for nearly three decades. We have earned a great reputation in the local area for the high quality of repair work and first class customer service we provide, and our expert team are regular industry award winners. We work alongside the UK’s leading manufacturers, insurers, fleet companies, as well as private vehicle owners carrying out repairs on all makes and models of cars and light commercial vehicles, and our much-valued accreditations and manufacturer approvals guarantee only the highest standards of repair.








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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


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Apprenticeship standard

Vehicle damage assessor

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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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