Vehicle body and paint apprenticeships
- Skills Funding Agency
- Part of:
- Engineering and manufacturing technologies apprenticeships and Further education and training
- First published:
- 12 April 2012
- Applies to:
Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the vehicle body and paint sector.
This apprenticeship trains you to patch up damaged vehicles.
You’ll have the choice to focus on one of these 3 options:
- mechanical, electrical and trim body fitting
- body repair
- body finishing
Mechanical, electrical and trim technicians repair moving parts and electronics. They assess the damage and then get at the broken parts inside by removing the bodywork (trim), fix the internal parts, and then replace the bodywork.
Body repair technicians fix the outside body of the car – they remove, repair and replace damaged panels, ensuring that the car is still sturdy and safe. They may fix the vehicle’s alignment and quality-check all body repairs.
Body refinishing technicians add the final surface touch by applying primers and paint so everything looks as good as new. This may involve the use of hand and power sanding tools, chemical cleaning agents, spray booths and drying equipment.
Types of apprenticeships
Intermediate level apprenticeship
You could train in roles like:
- mechanical & electrical trim technician
- body building technician
- panel technician
- paint technician
Advanced level apprenticeship
You’ll take on more specialised roles like:
- senior mechanical and electrical trim technician
- senior body building technician
- senior panel technician
- senior paint technician
Apply for a vehicle body and paint apprenticeship
You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:
- 16 or over
- eligible to work in England
- not in full-time education
Published: 12 April 2012