Vehicle Damage Panel Technician
A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification.
The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles. A technician is able to work independently and as part of a team following a defined process, using their skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard.
A minimum of four GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) or above is desirable.
Where will I study?
Training 2000 Blackburn
3 years - 4 days block per month
You may need to complete your English and Maths Functional Skills depending on your GCSE grades or if you cannot provide evidence of your GCSE results.
The Functional Skills programme runs as an addition to the time you are already required to spend doing your 20% off the job and will last a minimum of 2 weeks per subject; if you need to complete both English and Maths that is a minimum of 4 weeks. If a subject then needs re-sitting, this will therefore be more time in the classroom on top of the minimum 2 weeks per subject.
Our Apprenticeship includes:
- Flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for one to one development and support, this comprises of one day classroom delivery or work based learning
- Face-to-face tutorials
- Access to learning on e-portfolio
- Awarding body registration and certification
- Assessor visits
IMI approved training centre
Our automotive workshop is an IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) approved training centre. The IMI are the professional body for people in automotive.
What you'll learn
- Vehicle chassis and body alignment
- Vehicle body types
- Tools and equipment
- Removal and replacement of body panels
- Interpretation of technical data
- Alternative fuelled vehicles
- Economic use of materials
- Health and safety
- Quality control
On completion of this course you may want to consider the following options to further your career.
Where can you progress to?
Frequently asked questions
There is a minimum wage for all people enrolled on an Apprenticeship. How much you get paid depends on your age and how long you’ve been doing the Apprenticeship. Here is the latest apprentice national minimum wage.
The Apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, which means you will gain knowledge and experience in your workplace. You will complete an E-log book with your workplace mentor. You will attend Training 2000 3 days per month on block release to expand your knowledge and practical skills.
Towards the end of your Apprenticeship you will have a meeting with your training and manager to decide whether you are ready for your end-point assessment (EPA). The EPA is completed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the Apprenticeship. You will practice parts of the EPA assessment throughout the Apprenticeship. You will only take the final assessment when you feel ready. The content of the EPA will vary, depending on the Apprenticeship you are completing.
This can be between 5 - 10 learners at any one time.