Apprentice Vehicle Damage Panel Technician FRED SMITH & SONS (MOTOR BODIES) LTD

You'll be studying towards a L3 qualification to become a qualified Vehicle Damage Panel Technician. An opportunity to work for a reputable company who are passionate about offering opportunity to learners who want to work in the Automotive industry. Duties will include removing & replacing structural body panels, repair techniques and processes.

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Closing date: 30 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 to Friday. Hours to be discussed.

    Total hours per week: 30.0

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Health and safety
  • Materials and consumables
  • Removing and fitting non-structural body panels
  • Removing and replacing structural body panels
  • Repair techniques and processes
  • Tools and equipment
  • Vehicle body alignment
  • Welding techniques and processes

The training you will be getting

Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Standard.

  • Ability to undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair, including safety precautions, panel preparation and body measurements
  • Ability to identify the material used in the construction to enable the correct joining techniques and manufacturer specifications to be adhered to
  • Ability to interpret relevant technical data and methods to make sure that any joints are in line with vehicle manufacturer specification and the vehicle/body panels are aligned correctly
  • Ability to identify and understand the correct joining technology, e.g., when to use resistance spot welding or mig brazing or bonding
  • Ability to remove, repair and replace vehicle body panels and components of the vehicle safely and efficiently
  • Ability to identify and operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process, panel pulling systems, jig and alignment tools, spot welders, brazing tools
  • Ability to identify and communicate supplementary damage such as panels that were deemed to be reparable but once worked on were found to be beyond repair along with damage that could not be established on original inspection
  • Ability to detect and rectify faults within a vehicles structure that’s integral to its safety
  • Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed

Fred Smith & Sons Motor Bodies Ltd

Sams Ln, West Bromwich B70 7EH

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Full-time position within company.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Problem solving skills


GCSE or equivalent maths and English (Grade A to C GCSE/9-4's and above) Essential

About the employer

Fred Smith and Son (Motor Bodies) are a Nationally known vehicle repairs organisation who commonly work on HGV's, Vans and cars. Also they offer MOT's and servicing on all types of vehicle (including motorcycles) and most recently Truck Rental.




1 Farm Street

West Bromwich

B70 7EH

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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

Vehicle damage panel 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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