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Vehicle Refinishing Intermediate Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship at Sandwell College

Course description

This high quality work-based learning programme is ideal for young people who wish to go into the automotive industry and work as a vehicle refinisher.

Course content

This is a two to three year course where you will attend college one day per week to learn the principles of vehicle refinishing (paint). The award includes a Vocational Competence Qualification (VCQ), which is assessed in the workplace, and you will also study a range of Key/Functional Skills including Maths, English and ICT.
On the Apprenticeship programme you could be preparing vehicle panels to accept foundation and topcoats or repairing minor vehicle paint defects.
On the Advanced Apprenticeship programme you could be mixing and matching vehicle paint colours; carrying out complete vehicle refinishing operations; or identifying and rectifying vehicle paint defects and faults.

Entry requirements

Entry is subject to a satisfactory interview and college assessment. Ideally you will have completed a Level 2 NVQ in Vehicle Refinishing and be working in the accident repair business.


Assessment will be through a combination of coursework and portfolio in college and within the workplace. External examinations will cover Key Skills and Technical Certificate. Your progress on the course will be regularly monitored through individual tutorials.

Future opportunities

As well as direct employment, successful learners often go on to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship. Advanced Apprentices can progress to Higher Education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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