What is a Light Vehicle Technician?
A light vehicle technician is basically a car mechanic, but in the industry they are referred as a technician. You will be taught about all areas of vehicle mechanics, diagnosing faults and how to repair them.
What is the work like?
As a light vehicle technician you will service and repair vehicles such as vans and cars. You will be trained in all aspects of vehicle mechanics and electronics including air conditioning, security features, engine and exhaust systems. Duties of a Light Vehicle technician include:
- Servicing vehicles – carrying out checks and maintaining vehicles according to the manufacturers’ guidelines.
- Repairing and replacing faulty parts and components.
- Advising about required repairs to the service department and to customers.
- Producing time estimates.
- Maintaining repair and service records.
How will the training take place?
Typically this course will take three years and on completion you will gain an NVQ/VCQ Level 3. To complete this qualification you will visit a further education (FE) college, either on a block or day release. The rest of the time you will spend at your place of employment, where you will learn practical skills from seeing a real working environment. You will shadow fully qualified technicians so you are able to learn first-hand how to work on vehicles. You will also get opportunities to assist with the repair work. Once your assessments are passed and you progress through the course you will be able to start completing tasks on your own.
To ensure that you are competent in completing tasks by yourself a Remit assessor will visit you periodically at your work place to complete assessment testing with you.
What are the skills required to gain this apprenticeship?
To become a light vehicle technician you will need to demonstrate the following skills:
- Working quickly while paying attention to detail
- Good communication
- Excellent practical skills
- The ability to work well within a team and on your own
- To be able to follow verbal and written instructions well
What qualifications are required to gain this apprenticeship?
The qualification requirements will differ dependent on the requests of the employer. Some employers may require higher grades at G.C.S.E level than others.
At Remit we recommend you apply and register with us irrelevant of what grades you gained at G.C.S.E level. We will then be able to contact you and advise you of the employer requirements and when other vacancies become available in your area. If you need any additional support whilst gaining your qualifications Remit can help you. We can also support you in completing your functional/Key Skills (Core Skills in Scotland) which is a mandatory requirement needed for all apprenticeships and courses if you have not gained a G.C.S.E C or above in Maths and English.
What can you expect once you are qualified?
Dependant on the employer a light vehicle technician will work around 40 hours a week from Monday to Saturday. This can include shift and overtime work. Some tasks may be physically demanding within the role although lifting equipment will be used to move heavy parts.
From 1st October 2015 an apprentice will earn a minimum of £3.30 per hour. This salary is the minimum for apprentices but some employers can choose to pay more.
Once you are qualified you could expect to earn between a £18,000 – £26,000 a year.
As you gain more experience and complete further training during your career, you can expect this salary to rise. There may also be opportunities for overtime and shift pay depending on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement and other benefits such as company pension and health care schemes.
Please Note: The figures used are meant as a guide only and can vary from employer to employer and may be dependent on the geographical area.
How do I apply to be a Light Vehicle Technician?
If you are interested in becoming a light vehicle technician you will need to register your interest with Remit by completing the online application form here.
Remit will be able to place you on an apprenticeship all year round. However, it is important that you register your details as soon as you start year 11 and have decided that a career in the motor industry is the option for you; this will give us the best chance of finding an employer in time for you finishing school.
For more information on this Apprenticeship click on the link below:
To register you details please click here and fill in the online application.