Vehicle Body Panel Apprenticeship - Basingstoke


Basingstoke, RG21 6YL

Closes on Saturday 31 August

Posted on 8 July 2024


Apprentices will be working alongside fully qualified body panel technicians to be fully trained in repairing and replacing damaged panels using approved techniques including gas, electric and plastic welding.

Annual wage
£13,312 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Vehicle damage panel technician (level 3)
Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm, may vary.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 1 September


2 Years

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • College Block Release
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required 
  • Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Standard qualification

Where you’ll work

1, Aldermaston Road

Town Centre


RG21 6YL


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Vehicle damage panel technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents
  • 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
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Essential qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English (grade 4 or above)
    • Maths (grade 4 or above)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative

    About this company

    About Group 1 Ford Basingstoke Visit the showroom to browse through the new Ford car range and arrange your test drive. We provide the full current selection with all of the available equipment levels, options and accessories so you can personalise your chosen model. For even more choice and variety, our Approved Used Ford selection is of the highest quality and frequently updated. Business motorists can seek the advice of our fleet specialists, and we're also a recognised Motability Partner. Customers who choose Group 1 Ford also benefit from our special offers across the range. There are regular deals on all of the models we provide, from introductory offers and deposit contributions to competitive fixed-term financing plans. As we also have a service centre on site, our Basingstoke dealership is perfectly located to provide aftersales support. You can take advantage of special offers such as fixed-price servicing and discounted maintenance when choosing a new or Approved Used car. Bring your Ford to us whenever it needs scheduled vehicle health checks or an MOT, repairs and seasonal maintenance. Book a test drive appointment or service by giving us a call on one of the department numbers shown. You can also make an online enquiry at any time, and use our map and direction finder to plan your visit in advance. Formally known as Think Ford Basingstoke.

    After this apprenticeship

    • A full-time career within the automotive industry with many opportunities to progress to positions of authority
    • The opportunities are endless
    • By having a highly regarded set of skills, apprentices can go on to develop their career within the specific interests they may have, whether it be progressing through their dealership, working towards a job within motorsport

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:


    Hannah Edwards

    01923 216165

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000263394.

    Apply now

    Closes on Saturday 31 August

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