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.
Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician. Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby. Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes. Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful. Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there. He said:
I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.