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Vehicle body and paint apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the vehicle body and paint sector.

This apprenticeship trains you to patch up damaged vehicles.

Training opportunities

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