Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprenticeship Level 3 | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Begin your apprenticeship journey at BTC by applying for an apprenticeship on our website or through our prospectus form. Please apply for a full-time course as your second option. Then, have a look at relevant vacancies by visiting our vacancy page. If you haven’t found a suitable vacancy, you will automatically be placed into our Talent Pool.

As a member of our Talent Pool, you will be the first to hear about new vacancies and we offer support with CVs, interview techniques, employability skills and much more!

The day-to-day tasks faced by a Motor Vehicle Technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques. An apprentice working in the industry has to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role. They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle systems. They must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member, understand how their workshop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective, have good customer handling skills and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently.

The growing complexity of today’s vehicles, and the pressure to deliver a high-quality customer experience, requires the retail automotive sector to attract and train high calibre individuals.


1 week block: Monday 13.15 start, Friday 12.15 finish – 15 blocks over the 18 month duration.

Assessment Methods

You will be required to take an active part in reviewing your progress with the College and employer, including annual evaluations in the form of professional discussions. The discussion will reflect on behaviours, past performances and achievements. At the end of the apprenticeship you will be required to take theory and practical examinations.

Progression Options

On completion of your apprenticeship you may wish to progress onto IMI Accreditation or the Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Studies. The majority of apprentices can expect to be offered a permanent contract with their employer with endless progression opportunities going forward.

Course Summary

Course Title Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprenticeship Level 3
Entry Requirements

Individual employers set their own selection criteria, however it is
recommended that to optimise the chance of selection, you demonstrate an
interest in how the industry operates as well as the ability to work in an
organised and methodical way to analyse and solve problems. You should also be
able to demonstrate mechanical skills and an ability to communicate both orally
and in writing.

You need a GCSE in English and maths at C or grade 4, however maths and
English will be worked on as part of the apprenticeship and each application
will be looked at individually for suitability to start the

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I’ve really enjoyed learning all about the internals of cars and what a car relies on to run smoothly. This benefits me in the workplace because I know how parts work when I come to repair or replace them. So far my greatest achievement has been passing the first year.

Corey Perry-Jones

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