Vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the vehicle maintenance and repair sector.

This apprenticeship deals with the repair and maintenance of all types of vehicles, from mopeds to lorries. There are more than 32 million vehicles on the UK’s roads, which means many motor vehicle technicians are needed to keep them roadworthy.

Training opportunities

You could work for a dealership and focus on a particular manufacturer, or work for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. In both, you’ll choose your area of specialisation, whether that’s motorcycles, cars, heavy vehicles or vehicle electrical systems.

You’ll be working in a service technician role, carrying out routine maintenance and basic repairs, as well as identifying and reporting faults.

On the advanced level apprenticeship, you’ll learn about more complex faults and how to identify and repair them using sophisticated diagnostic equipment. At higher level, you could be dealing with the most complex automotive systems, or taking responsibility for the workshop, managing other team members.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 3 types of vehicle maintenance and repair apprenticeships.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • light vehicle service technician
  • heavy vehicle service technician
  • motorcycle service technician
  • auto electrical technician
  • mobile electrical installation technician
  • heavy vehicle trailer technician
  • lift truck technician

Advanced level apprenticeship

You’ll take on more specialised roles like:

  • light vehicle diagnostic technician
  • heavy vehicle diagnostic technician
  • motorcycle diagnostic technician
  • auto electrical diagnostic technician
  • mobile electrical installation diagnostic technician
  • lift truck diagnostic technician

Higher level apprenticeship

You can develop your skills to include:

  • master/senior technician
  • workshop controller