Employing almost 6,500 people in the region, the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair industry provides a key service to the public and businesses alike, keeping the region's vehicles mobile.
The industry is split across Independent Garages (85%) and Franchised Garages (15%) and roles in these businesses typically include:
This Level 1 Award is designed to introduce you to the mechanical aspect of servicing and repairing vehicles and to provide you with the skills to apply for work in the independent garages in this sector.
You need to have an interest and passion for the vehicle industry and be keen to learn in a hands-on environment.
The qualification for this course is the ABC Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Studies and will include topics/units covering:
Assessment will be through a range of activities including:
You need overalls and safety boots as you will be studying in a practical environment.
Completion of this course will give you a vital insight into the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair industry and will support the application and interview process to help you gain employment with a local/regional employer in the Fast Fit sector.
Opening his own garage is a dream come true for former Derby College motor vehicle student Tommy Featherstone.
Tommy, who has been passionate about cars since childhood, completed levels 2 and 3 in motor vehicle maintenance at the Roundhouse a few years ago.
Now 29, he recently opened Tommy’s Motors in Shardlow – his own automotive business selling cars, repairing them and carrying out MOT tests.
Tommy’s love of cars began when, as young boy, he’d spend hours watch his dad fixing them. As he got older, he learned how to do repairs himself, and when he was just 15, his parents gave him £100 to buy a VW Polo to restore.
After leaving school in 2009 with A levels in business and economics, Tommy looked for a Motor Vehicle apprenticeship but struggled to find one due to the recession.
He said: "I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.”
Tommy enjoyed the course and liked the hands-on aspect of working on cars.
He added: “We had the opportunity to work on customers’ cars in the Johnson Building and I was asked to do this a few times so the lecturers must have thought I was fairly competent!
“Also, having level 2 and 3 qualifications helped a lot when I was applying to become a qualified MOT tester.”
I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.