Employing almost 6,500 people in the region, the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair industry provides a key service to the public and businesses alike in 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 just need an interest in securing employment in the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair sector.
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 PPE including overalls and safety boots.
Completion of this course will give you a vital insight into the Vehicle Maintenance and Repair sector and will support the application and interview process to help you gain employment with a local/regional employer in the Fast Fit sector.
You could also progress to a Level 1 Diploma, Level 2 Diploma or an apprenticeship with employment in a garage.
When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn. He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.
And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby. He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.
Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career .Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:
I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.