Heavy Vehicle/Plant Mechanic Apprenticeship Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Wakefield Council is a former winner of the National Award of Large Employer of the Year for Apprenticeships. We offer a great opportunity to learn the role of a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, based mainly in the workshop but also working on breakdowns, ensuring large vehicles, vans, cars and horticultural (gardening) machinery are in good working order.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 02 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £12,313.60 to £22,010.56

    In years 3 and 4 a % of the salary for a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic is paid.

    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

    Exact working pattern to be discussed.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Inspect, maintain and repair vehicles, plant and equipment
  • Complete and record all paperwork, inspection sheets and defect notes
  • Develop an understanding of computer-controlled systems, which inc. diagnostic equipment, brake testers, emissions testing and maintenance/test recording
  • Inspect, repair, label and record horticultural machinery
  • Carry out thermal joining of materials and metals by mig, arc or gas welding
  • Carry out specialised fixed wet or dry grinding and cutting machinery

The training you will be getting

  • You will attend a local training provider, usually on day release, to gain a Level 3 qualification for a heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician
  • You will gain exposure to a large range of Council vehicles
  • Gain a health & safety qualification
  • Attend enrichment activities to enhance your knowledge eg interview techniques, health & wellbeing, finance, disability awareness
  • Have the chance to attend marketing events and also take part in activities during National Apprenticeship Week
  • Training and training location to be confirmed

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Gain a Level 3 Apprenticeship standard in Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
  • 3 - 3.5 years work experience in the public sector
  • Personal support to seek employment 4 months from the apprenticeship ending
  • The Apprenticeship programme has a high retention rate as there are many opportunities to gain employment with the Council.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Resilience


GCSE or equivalent 2 x subjects (Grade 9-4, or A*-C, or Level 2 equiv) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 9-4, or A*-C, or Level 2 equiv) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 9-4, or A*-C, or Level 2 equiv) Essential

About the employer

Wakefield Council is a local authority who provides many services to the citizens of Wakefield and the surrounding district. We are an ambitious, high achieving and low spending council, delivering value for money through efficiency and innovation. Continuous improvements to our high quality services means we need to employ talented and dedicated individuals to support our existing workforce.


Wakefield Metropolitan District Council


Wakefield One

Burton Street



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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

Apprenticeship standard

Heavy vehicle service and maintenance 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

Employer's Application Instructions

Once the closing date has passed shortlisting will take place. Interview invites will be sent to successful shortlisted applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will be signposted to other opportunities.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 02 Jun 2024