Apprentice Accident Repair Technician ENSIGN BUS COMPANY LIMITED

Are you wanting to start your career in the automotive industry? S&B Automotive Academy are partnering with Ensign Bus Company Ltd to recruit apprentices that will study towards an ART qualification, gaining exposure by working alongside a highly skilled workforce. Mending damaged vehicles using a range of metalworking and finishing techniques.

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Closing date: 29 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 7.30am – 3.30pm Lunch Break - 30 mins

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    30 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    24 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Ensign Bus Company Ltd currently have an opening for an accidentrepair technician apprentice, this multi-skilled role is demanding asthe successful applicant will work in a highly technical workshop-typeenvironment, working on the full range of Ensign Bus Company Ltd's fleet to develop a level of skill in all craft aspects of vehicle accidentrepair, including mechanical, electrical & trim, panel repair &replacement, preparation and paint while learning their trade to arecognised qualification.

You will be the next generation of coachbuilder technicians that willhave the ability to adapt and change to the required repair methods.

This is a great opportunity for the successful applicant to jump starttheir career and who has an interest in developing their knowledgeand skills in all craft aspects.

Duties may include:

Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET)

  • Remove damaged & associated components from a vehicle andrefit
  • Re-assemble replacement or existing components to a vehicle
  • Remove and re-assemble permanent & non-permanent fixedvehicle body panels
  • Remove and refit all types of vehicle body panels
  • Remove and refit trim components
  • Identify and describe principle vehicle electrical components andsystems
  • 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 adhesiveprocesses
  • Remove, repair and replace structural body panels
  • Identify and rectify vehicle body structural misalignment

Preparation and Paint:

  • Apply body filler & foundation materials
  • Prepare all types of vehicle body material
  • Prepare & 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

  • Accident repair technician level 3
  • Functional Skills if required

The apprenticeship training is delivered in the workplace and via nineweekly college training blocks per year at S&B's specialist Automotive Academy in Bristol. The apprentice will be assigned a workplace mentor and a college development coach who will offer support, advice and guidance by monitoring progress via a purposely bespokeand developed electronic logbook that all parties can access anytime.

Apprentices take a Gateway Assessment at the end of every year to progress until the completion of the End Point Assessment. The apprentice will be required to travel to S&B's Academy and stay in hotel accommodation. All costs for travel and accommodation including breakfast and a two-course evening meal are met by the employer and there will be no cost to you.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

We are committed to providing you with all the support and training you need to gain your Level 3 Apprenticeship Qualification and to develop your career further with us as an accident repair technician. As a company Ensign Bus Company Ltd will support all employees and encourage them to progress into new career opportunities within the business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


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

Things to consider

Closing, interview and possible start date for this vacancy are subject to change. Interviews could commence at any time. You should apply immediately to avoid disappointment.

About the employer

Ensignbus has been in business for 50 years and during those years we've sold over 20,000 buses to nearly 100 countries, undertaken around 25,000 MOT tests, converted over 1,000 buses to open top, undertaken over 5,000 single door conversions, operated on three continents and carried tens of millions of passengers on local service and sightseeing buses. We are an award winning business with 50 years experience in Bus Sales, Service Work, Sightseeing Tours, Bus Conversions and Restorations. Ensignbus was formed in 1972, since which time it has been involved in many aspects of the bus industry. In the early days a number of small contracts were operated for people such as the Port of London Authority and Lesney the toy manufactures. These small operations however became secondary to the role which Ensign has today made its own, that of buying and selling high quality used buses and coaches.




The Rifle Range Juliette Close

Purfleet Industrial Park

Aveley South Ockendon

RM15 4YF

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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


David Watts

07852 344 136

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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