Automotive apprenticeships

Are you ready to accelerate your career?

Automotive apprenticeships are the best way to enter the motor trade, and with apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3, with Light or Heavy Vehicle routes, we’re here to help you get started.

These apprenticeships give you the chance to be hands on from day one. You’ll be working with a wide variety of vehicles, meeting customers, assisting with diagnosing faults and repairing them – ensuring you are keeping vehicles safe and on the road.

We deliver our Automotive apprenticeships at our academy site in Bournemouth, where our tutors will show you the ropes in a fully functioning workshop.

What you need to succeed in the Automotive sector

Here are just some of the characteristics that will help you to succeed in your chosen sector:

  • A passion for all things automotive
  • A methodical approach
  • An interest in problem solving
  • Wanting to find out how things work
  • Customer service and ‘people’ skills
  • Good practical skills

Who do you want to be?

There are a variety of career paths for successfully qualified Automotive technicians. Whether you want to stay local and build up your loyal client base, start your own garage, or become a technician for a large automotive or motor racing business, these programmes give you the skills you need to make that choice.

Check out the programmes available below for more information on the pathways that are right for you.

Apprenticeships in this sector

  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    Whether you are obsessed with cars or fascinated by what makes them tick, an apprenticeship in the automotive sector might be for you.

    To succeed in this industry, you will want to work hands-on with cutting edge technology, meet new people and work with new vehicles every day.

    Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Level 3
    36 months City & Guilds
  • Level 3 apprenticeship

    If you have always been captivated by trucks like so many kids wanting to understand how something so big works, a career in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance might be right for you.

    This apprenticeship has been designed to meet the professional standards of the relevant professional bodies of the Engineering Council led by organisations from the industry.

    Diploma Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Level 3
    36 months City & Guilds

Motorfix Accident Repair Centre

Charlie Roberts

Paragon Skills allowed me to go into a trade I knew nothing about. Having no real knowledge of cars, I have now gained a great qualification which will set me up for the rest of my life.


Do I have to find a job first?

If you’re not currently employed or looking for a new job, you can apply for apprenticeship vacancies advertised by employers looking to employ an apprentice, as you must be employed to undertake an apprenticeship.

You can view current vacancies here: apprenticeship vacancies

If you already have a job and wish to gain a qualification in that industry as an apprentice, this is possible subject to your employer’s agreement.

Will it cost me anything?

No. Your employer pays your wage and we apply for government funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to support the cost of your qualification.
Currently 100% funding is available for apprentices ages 16 – 18 and 90% for those aged 19 + (subject to the employers levy status).

You or your employer can call us to discuss any questions you have regarding funding on 0800 783 2545.

Can I undertake an Apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes. If you already have a job and wish to gain a nationally recognised qualification in that role, an apprenticeship is a great way to do it. A great way to start is to visit our employing an apprentice page ready to discuss with your employer or give us a call on 0800 783 2545

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