Do you want to gain a higher level of education and have a full-time job in a vehicle garage? Could you see yourself as an individual that wants to fix vehicle damage in a motoring apprenticeship? If your answer is yes, this could be the apprenticeship to kickstart your career, working on vehicle damage repair as a level 4 Vehicle Damage Assessor.
With the use of the latest electronic estimating systems, you can provide customers a first-class service. You will assist in making assessments on what repairs are needed and how much it will cost for customer vehicle damages.
The role of a Vehicle Damage assessor apprentice
Working within the automotive body shop industry as a vehicle damage assessor you will accurately inspect and assess all elements of a motor vehicle that has sustained damage and requires repair. During the course of your apprenticeship, you will gain everything you need to become an advanced Vehicle Damage assessor.
The course will involve studying a range of theory and practical tasks that you will need in today’s automotive repair industry. You will be employed by industry-leading professionals that will help you to acquire valuable skills and experience including an excellent training provider to guide and assist you through your apprenticeship course.
Vehicle Damage Assessor Apprentice Knowledge
Health and Safety
In the workplace, you will be expected to carry out and understand all vehicle safety systems. You will also gain a good understanding of the current Health & Safety legislation during your apprenticeship.
Tools and Equipment
During your apprenticeship, you will learn how to use the tools and equipment used in given processes including the use of electronic costings systems. You will also have an understanding of vehicle construction and the materials needed to carry out a damage repair.
Day to Day Duties
- To be able to apply the importance of teamwork in the workplace
- Communicating effectively in the workplace
- Have knowledge of the systems and operations which cover steering, suspension and braking
- Learn about Transmission and drivelines
- Have knowledge of the principles of electrical systems
- Ability to show a clear understanding of electricals and the use of electronic components
- Keep up to date with vehicle repair technologies including Paint, Panel and MET.
- Have a good understanding of commercial aspects of a body shop
- Know how to produce a job card
- Tend to non-accidental related vehicle damage
- Get to know how to carry out industry vehicle repair methods.
Desired Skills for the job
You will be able to:
- Recognise properties of different types of vehicle damage
- Maintain records
- Use manual and digital image technology
- Locate vehicle unique identification details
- Diagnose safety faults on vehicles
- Read, adhere to and apply relevant legislation
- Use repair methods
- Make judgements on vehicle damage, taking into account safety and cost
- Commercial decision making
- Prepare costings based on parts and labour ratios
- Oral communication, listening and negotiation skills
- Use industry guidelines appropriately
- Recognise the importance of gaining approval before work commences
- Use of estimating software, spreadsheets, online databases
Level 4 vehicle Damage Assessor apprenticeship key behaviours
As a vehicle damage assessor you will be expected to demonstrate the following:
- Being Customer-focused, always putting the customer first.
- Have a right-first-time approach to tasks, showing you are committed to delivering and maintaining high-quality workplace standards.
- Present a calm and reasoned approach to any situation.
- Be able to deliver a professional approach, demonstrating integrity and confidence in daily activities.
- Adherence to company values, showing passion and enthusiasm for the industry.
- The ability to take responsibility for health and safety is imperative.
- Have good attention to detail.
What requirements do I need as a Vehicle Damage assessor?
All apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
Please note that we would accept holders of the British Sign Language (BSL) qualification if it is your primary language.
Monday – Friday between 8:00 – 5:00pm
You will be required to be employed for 40 hours a week for a duration of 36 months. This does not include your End Of Point Assessment (EPA) period.
- Maximum Government funding – £9000
- Occupational Level – Level 4
- EQA Provider – Ofqual
- Level 4 equivalent – Foundation degree
- Earliest start date – 18/04/2019
- 1 position available
In summary, the level 4 Vehicle damage assessor apprenticeship offers a great opportunity for those who want to learn to develop themselves in an automotive career path. Whilst gaining experience and life skills in the workplace you will also receive a level 4 qualification in the field which you can take with you on your career journey. The automotive industry is ever growing with employment at around 200,000 so why not earn while you learn and kick start your career today!
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