Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for individuals who have secured a position as an apprentice in the heavy vehicle maintenance sector.A heavy vehicle technician services, inspects and repairs heavy vehicles. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.. 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.

What does the course involve?

The day-to-day tasks faced by the technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques. Today’s technician 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 vehicles systems and associated ancillaries. They must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member, understanding how their workshop and the dealership/garage/branch functions from a commercial perspective, have good customer handling skills and identify ways in which they can work more efficiently.

What makes this course special?

For those who wish to ‘earn as they learn’ this is the ideal course. An apprenticeship is a highly valued and widely recognised qualification throughout the automotive industry.

The Automotive Centre at Bridgwater & Taunton College is a nationally recognised Centre of Excellence. Its superbly equipped workshops and classrooms offer the student the best possible learning opportunities. Teaching staff have relevant industrial experience and the College has been recognised as one of the very few grade one colleges in the country. We are also a lead partner in the Motor Industry Skills Consortium

The College has received the following awards and accolades:

  • Beacon Award Winner–Responsiveness to Employers
  • Ofsted/ALI Inspection Grade 1 (Outstanding)
  • Learning & Skills Council Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE)
  • Manufacture designated facility for Modern Apprenticeship training (Ford)
  • Institute of the Motor Industry Training Centre of the Year

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for the apprentice. It is however recommended that to optimise the chance of selection, candidates can demonstrate an interest in how the HV industry operates as well as ability to work in an organised and methodical way to analyse and solve problems; be able to demonstrate mechanical skills; also demonstrate an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their apprenticeship. Ideally candidates looking to start an Apprenticeship would hold GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or 4 or above. 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 course.

What are the assessment methods?

Apprentices will be required to take an active part in reviewing their progress with the college and their 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 and pass an end point assessment, consisting of theory and practical examinations. Your readiness for end point assessment will be agreed between all parties, employer yourself and the College.

How long is the course?

Typically it is expected that it will take three years for the apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be sooner if an individual already has significant training and practical experience. 

What are the College attendance requirements?

Apprentices are required to attend college on a block release programme. This consists of 9 week-long blocks for each year on programme. Accomodation can be arranged at an additional cost via the College if required.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

Depending on your age and circumstances some fees may apply for your employer, however these can be discussed on an individual basis.The Apprenticeship standard is assessed via end point assessments. Your employer may be liable to pay for any resits should they be required.

What are the progression options?

On completion of your apprenticeship you may wish to progress onto: 

  • IMI Accreditation
  • Irtec large goods vehicle inspection
  • Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Automotive Studies 

Further Information