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Automotive Engineering Vehicle Body and Paint Operations (Refinishing) Apprenticeship at Bridgwater College

Course description

This Apprenticeship is for 16–18 year olds in relevant employment in the motor industry. Subsidised Apprenticeship courses are also available for those aged 19–24.

If you are keen to work as a vehicle body refinisher, but are not yet in relevant employment, we maintain regular contact with employers who have vacancies or we can offer help and advice if you prefer to conduct your own job search.

Course content

The course comprises an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body & Paint Operations (Body Refinishing), depending on your entry qualifications and an initial assessment. Topics studied include:

  • Preparing panels to accept foundation and topcoats
  • Preparing and applying foundation materials and topcoats to vehicles
  • Mixing and matching paint colours
  • Identifying and rectifying paint defects and faults
  • Health and safety
  • Skills for the automotive workplace

You will attend the Automotive Centre at Bridgwater College on a block release basis to study for:

  • A Technical Certificate (VRQ)–provides the essential knowledge to do the job
  • Functional Skills–develops the literacy, numeracy and IT skills needed in the modern workplace

You will also undertake an VCQ at your workplace. This involves building a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate that you can do your job to a national standard. Your progress through the course is monitored by assessment, observation, assignments and tests.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Advanced Apprenticeship are grades A*–C in GCSE Maths and English and for an Apprenticeship, grades D–G in GCSE Maths and English.  

As well as being in relevant employment, you will need equipment such as writing pads, pens, rulers, calculators.

In order to help maintain your safety, we insist that you bring boots and overalls to wear in the workshops.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the course you will be a qualified professional vehicle body refinisher. You could progress to study units towards an HNC.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2016

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