Delivered in school years 10 and 11, this course is for students who wish to pursue an apprenticeship in the automotive industry or for those who may want to study this specialism post-16.
It is an exciting opportunity to develop occupational knowledge and undertake practical tasks in a state-of-the-art motor vehicle environment.
Entry requirements include teacher assessments at 4/5 and a successful competitive interview and multiple choice test. Students should have a real interest in a career in the automotive industry.
Underpinning knowledge will be assessed 90% through job card evidence - with observations of practical tasks to assess competency - and 10% via external multiple choice online examinations.
Safety overalls and steel toe-capped boots are required. (Overalls must be purchased through Derby College).
With the successful completion of this course, including the additional units and the necessary GCSE grades in Maths and English, it is possible to progress to the full-time Level 2 Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.
Again subject to achieving the necessary GCSE grades, a Light Vehicle apprenticeship is also possible - with confirmed employment in a suitable vehicle repair company.
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Employer Recognition Scheme demonstrates our expertise, knowledge, commitment to ethical conduct and continuing professional development.
The Garage - open to the public
Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.
As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.
Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.
The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.
I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.