Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

This exciting opportunity is ideal for someone looking for a structured supportive and challenging apprenticeship. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to join our dynamic teams.

The Apprentice Programme will give you the rare opportunity to carry out a real job with real responsibility coupled with a focus on training and development. It is important for us to ensure our apprentices feel valued so we invest in you to develop the skills that will make you effective within our organisation and in your future career.

WHAT DOES A PANEL TECHNICIAN DO?

A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within a Body Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles.

With motor vehicle technology changing all the time panel technicians keep up to date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry. They do so by adhering to the manufacturer’s literature and modification bulletins.

The equipment they use can include using jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools, as well as new equipment such as Reinforced Plastic Carbon Fibre diagnostic ultrasound tools.

The duties of a Panel Technician may include:

  • Using a range of tools
  • Panel Repair & Replacement
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET)
  • Smoothing minor dents and filling small holes or rusted areas
  • Keeping records of all completed work

WORKING WEEK

A typical working week could be 40 hours Monday to Friday 8.30am 5.30pm however your exact hours will be confirmed at a face-to-face interview.

All learners will be required to work the minimum apprenticeship duration of 30 hours per week. At least 20% of your working hours will be allocated to ‘off-the-job’ training. We’ll support you to understand the working hours during the recruitment process.

YOUR DEVELOPMENT

Our Apprenticeship Programme is an excellent way of ensuring we have high-quality people working within our business. We’re looking for ambitious candidates ready to take ownership of their development work hard to achieve their potential and grow with an ambitious employer.

The Programme typically lasts for 36 months dependant on the career path chosen and you’ll achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

We will support you to gain your Functional Skills Core Skills in Scotland if you require them in Maths and English.

Block training is complemented by a combination of regular coaching visits from one of our experienced Coaches as well as Virtual Classroom sessions and E-Learning modules.

QUALIFICATION

Title Vehicle Damage Panel Technician
Duration 36 months
Level 3

SKILLS & PERSONAL QUALITIES

All of our opportunities receive a really good response and so we’re looking for you to demonstrate why you stand out from the crowd. We’re not looking for the finished article rather we want to identify those people that are ambitious and demonstrate a willingness to learn who are excited by the prospect of working with our fantastic technologically advanced vehicles and really engage in the recruitment process.

We are committed to supporting our apprentices’ technical employability and broader personal development skills to ensure they can progress and develop in their careers. When it comes to selecting the right people to become apprentices it’s as much about attitude as it is about vocational and academic success. That’s why in addition to the qualifications we require from you we’ll also look for you to possess the following key behaviours.
From problem-solving abilities to an enthusiasm for our industry these are all attributes that will be vital in your role and they will be assessed throughout the application process.

Logical and creative thinking skills
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Ability to work independently and to take responsibility
Can use own initiative
A thorough and organised approach
Ability to work with a range of internal and external people
Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations
Maintain a productive professional and secure working environment

FUTURE PROSPECTS

There are lots of opportunities to develop your career within our expanding business. Your early development is carefully mapped through your Apprenticeship journey with your learning focussed toward achieving an industry-recognised qualification.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Age 16+

Prior Attainment GCSE (or equivalent) grade A-C or 9-4 in Maths and English. Predicated grades are accepted.

In Scotland applicants must have or be predicted to achieve National 4 or above in English and Maths and either a Science or Technical subject. Standard Grades 1-4 and Intermediates are also accepted.

‘Equivalent’ grades include

BTEC first diplomas and certificates
OCR Nationals
Key Skills Level 2
NVQs
Essential Skills (Wales)
Functional Skills Level 2
Core Skills (Scotland)

APPLICATION PROCESS

Your application will be assessed by the Recruitment & Selection Team against the Entry Requirements specified for the role.
If you are successful in your application you will be invited to participate in a short telephone interview. Candidates are then shortlisted again and will be asked to complete a range of web-based assessments appropriate to the role that you have applied for.
Finally, candidates are invited to meet their potential new employer in the form of a face-to-face interview. This may extend to a second interview and in some cases a working trial.
More information will be shared with candidates as a part of the process. Feedback is made available to candidates at each stage.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group and appointment will be based on merit alone. Being committed to equal opportunities if you have a disability please state this during the application process. Measures will be put in place to support you through your application and apprenticeship journey.

The employer will dictate the remuneration that our learners receive. All employers are required to pay at least The National Minimum Wage. More information about the minimum wage for apprentices can be found on the Government website at

https//www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training thats part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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