Apprenticeships are an ideal way to gain a nationally recognised qualification, whilst being paid a wage.
Employers within the automotive industry have designed two new approved Apprenticeship Standards for technicians who service and repair light and heavy vehicles.
The Apprenticeships are three years in duration and are equivalent to a level 3 qualification. Working full time in a GTA approved garage you will learn the skills and qualities needed to achieve your apprenticeship. You will also attend the GTA one day per week for formal classroom and workshop training.
There are many progression routes once you have completed your apprenticeship. You may get the opportunity to continue at the garage you completed your apprenticeship with, or as you gain more experience you could progress to become a senior technician, workshop supervisor, garage manager or even set up your own business.
With some further training you could work as a breakdown engineer or even an MOT tester. You could also specialise in a particular area such as motorsport engineering, tuning or in modifying vehicles for higher performance.
Light Vehicle Automotive Retail Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician
What is it like being an Apprentice?
Work 4 days per week at a local garage, workshop or dealership
Get paid a weekly wage
Attend GTA for one day per week
Gain the new skills and knowledge to complete the Apprenticeship standard
Service and repair light and heavy vehicles
Work alongside fully qualified motor vehicle technicians
Work on all the systems found within vehicles
Become a qualified vehicle technician
Heavy Vehicle Service and
The role of a qualified
Motor Vehicle Technician
Day to day duties may include:
carrying out standard servicing, repairs and maintenance
removal and replacement of vehicle components
solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment
telling customers if repairs are needed and whether they’re urgent
working out the estimated time and cost for jobs
road testing vehicles before and after repair
With experience at this level you could progress to job roles such as a senior technician, workshop supervisor or garage manager. There are also jobs such as breakdown engineers, MOT testers, or you could specialise in a particular area like motorsport engineering. Some apprentices that we have trained at the GTA have gone on to successfully set-up and run their own garage or business.
The apprenticeship programme is broken into three main stages, known as gateways. To successfully pass through the gateways, the apprentice needs to complete a combination of online and practical assessments. Behaviours, achievements and learning experiences are also assessed at various stages of the programme which are recorded and tracked through an e-portfolio. The e-portfolio is updated by the apprentice, workplace mentor and by a dedicated GTA tutor.
Although it is preferred that you will already hold grades 4 - 9 in GCSE English and Maths, if you don't you, will be able to study towards the following as part of you apprenticeship:
Functional Skill Mathematics Level 2
Functional Skill English Level 2
At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices are required to undertake and pass an End Point Assessment (EPA) which is conducted by the awarding organisation, The Institute of Motor Industry (IMI). The EPA is made up of practical assessments within the GTA workshop, an online professional discussion and two online knowledge assessments. Apprentices will only be entered into the EPA stage when you, your employer and your tutor are confident you are ready.
How to Apply
To apply to become an apprentice you need to complete the form on the APPLY NOW section of our website or email your CV to
You will be invited for a selection interview at the GTA to ensure your suitability for the apprenticeship programme. If accepted then your next step is to find an employer that is willing to employ you.
We can help with this, but it is important that you be prepared to apply to employers too. This way, you maximise your chances of finding employment. You will need to find an employer who is willing to employ you for 30 or more hours per week and who will allow you to attend college for one day per week, every week.
When you have found an employer, we will visit their premises to ensure they have everything in place to provide you with a safe environment to learn.
If you are an employer wanting to find out more about taking on an apprentice please call 01482 353022 or email