RAC Patrol Apprentice (Light Vehicle Technician) Barnstaple and surrounding areas RAC MOTORING SERVICES

Are you interested in anything automotive? RAC, in partnership with S&B, have an exciting apprenticeship opportunity to learn and develop a technical skillset and understanding to become a future RAC Roadside Technician, you will offer a range of services & repairs to broken down vehicles, this could be a great career for you with lots of benefits!

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Closing date: 15 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Year 1: £13,312.00 Year 2: National Living Wage Year 3: £33,000.00 (Overtime available)

    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 days and shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    2 Years

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As an apprentice you will learn all the skills to become a Roadside Technician with a fantastic range of future career options ahead of you. During your apprenticeship programme you will:

  • Use a range of tools, measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify & repair simple system faults
  • Complete a mix of both college learning and on the job training with one of our experienced apprentice team leaders. This role will provide much more than just how to be a mechanic
  • You will have exposure to real life breakdown situations which will require you to offer roadside assistance following diagnostic and repair procedures, communicate with our members and aiming to get our members back on the road

The training you will be getting

S&B Automotive Academy is a specialist apprenticeship training provider located in Bedminster, Bristol. The apprentice will work with the RAC to to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to Autocare Technician apprenticeship standard.

The apprentice will be required to commute to S&B’s Academy to attend 7 weekly training blocks a year throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.

Apprentices are assigned a workplace mentor and a college development coach who will offer support, advice, and guidance by monitoring progress using S&B’s tailored electronic logbook which both employer and the apprentice can access anytime.

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

For national apprentices and where daily commuting is not feasible, S&B have partnerships with chain hotels to provide accommodation in a standard double room for single occupancy for the duration of the stay. All costs for travel and accommodation while on a weekly training block at S&B are met by the employer, this includes breakfast and a two-course evening meal. 

As a result, you will receive the following qualification:

  • Level 2 Autocare Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills in maths and English if required

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Once qualified, this role provides a varied working environment where no two days will be the same
  • RAC is a large national company that can offer ongoing support and progression opportunities for all employees
  • Once qualified a RAC Roadside Technician will benefit from a competitive salary of £33,000 - £41,000 per annum with opportunities of furhter overtime
  • This Autocare 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, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3/D/4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3/D/4/C) Desired

Things to consider

This position will include driving a company van to and from breakdown locations. You must have a full clean (manual) UK driving license to be considered for apprenticeship. In the first 6 months of employment you will be required to travel to S&B's Academy and RAC training venues via your own transport - you will be reimbursed travel costs in these instances. Due to the nature of the role you will be required to complete a full DBS check as part of the application process. 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

The RAC is the is the UK's leading breakdown service provider - a people-powered business of 4,000 'orange heroes' delivering the best-in-class motoring services for both private and business drivers. RAC provides complete peace of mind to more than 12.7m UK personal and business members, whatever their driving needs. Whether it is breakdown cover with roadside assistance, insurance, buying a new or used vehicle, carrying out vehicle inspections and checks, legal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information – the RAC offers a solution. As standard, every RAC van carries more than 500 parts and tools which patrols use to get members’ vehicles going again as quickly as possible. The RAC is very proud of its record of repairing four out of five vehicles at the roadside.






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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


Yasmine Thomson


Apprenticeship standard

Autocare technician

Level 2 (GCSE)

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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