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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This is a two year Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship programme for those young people aged 16+ who have recently started or are about to start working in the motor vehicle industry and who wish to achieve a recognised qualification. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 years olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.

Within a flexible framework, Apprenticeships combine formal vocational training (on-the-job basic training) with appropriate vocational education known as the Level 2 Technical Diploma (day release) and work-based skills development leading to a VCQ Level 2. Within this framework, optional units are chosen to meet the needs of the individual and the employer.

The framework is made up of the following components, In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements :

• Competence Qualification (VCQ) - Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (VCQ) - This is the on-the-job element of the course.
• Technical Diploma(VRQ) - Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles (VRQ) - This is the day release element at College.
• Functional Skills - Level 1 English, Maths and IT.
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) - formally assessed.
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills - This will be integrated into the vocational elements at College and developed in the workplace.

Entry requirements

All Apprentices will need to have an employer so that the "on-the-job" element of the programme can be delivered.Ideally you should have a minimum of 3 GCSEs including Maths, Science and English at grade 3 (D) or above. This level of programme will usually last for approximately 24 months.


The Apprentice has a formal Training Agreement managed by the College. The agreement lays down the commitment and responsibility of the employer and the College. The learner also has an Individual Learning Plan which details all the specific units within the VCQ and all the other agreed qualifications, such as Functional Skills, Technical Certificate, ERR and any additional requirements to be achieved during the apprenticeship framework timescale. The learner will have a programme leader who will be responsible for the training programme. The programme leader will visit the learner in the workplace on a regular basis to assess their performance against national standards, and will monitor the learner's progress and review overall progress set against agreed targets.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Apprentices can move up to the Advanced Apprenticeship programme or may prefer to continue with employment at craft level.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering programme provides the best possible preparation for achieving skilled and/or technician status within the industry. It may also lead to Higher Education or university. Apprentices are encouraged to become Associates of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 May 2019
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