Vehicle Accident Repair and Refinishing

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Course Specifics

Automotive Body and Paint
Intermediate and Advanced
12-18 months
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
No cost
Age 19 or Over:
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Funding Assisted:
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Course overview

Depending on the pathway taken, key units include:

  • Preparing panels to accept foundation and topcoats
  • Preparing and applying foundation materials and topcoats to vehicles
  • Mixing and matching paint colours
  • Identifying and rectifying paint defects and faults
  • Skills for the automotive workplace

Who is this course for?

This Apprenticeship is available at both Intermediate and Advanced level, a member of our Recruitment Team will be able to advise which level is most suitable for you based on your current grades and experience. Applicants to this Apprenticeship could be a mix of age and experience. As a guide, applicants may come from a range of routes including: work or work experience training and/or experience which could include a portfolio showing what you have done, foundation learning at level 1, any of the Key Skills or Functional Skills, Young Apprenticeship, vocational or academic qualification(s).

What other experience will I gain?

As an apprentice, you’ll have the choice to focus on either mechanical, electrical and trim body fitting; body repair; or body finishing. Mechanical, electrical and trim technicians repair moving parts and electronics. They assess the damage and then get at the broken parts inside by removing the bodywork (trim), fix the internal parts, and then replace the bodywork. Body repair technicians fix the outside body of the car – they remove, repair and replace damaged panels, ensuring that the car is still sturdy and safe. They may fix the vehicle’s alignment and quality-check all body repairs. Body refinishing technicians add the final surface touch by applying primers and paint so everything looks as good as new. This may involve the use of hand and power sanding tools, chemical cleaning agents, spray booths and drying equipment.

Where will this lead?

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship you will be a qualified vehicle body refinisher. You could choose to progress to study units towards an HNC.

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

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