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Apprenticeship in Vehicle Body Refinishing

Level 2

Key Facts

Level:Level 2

Full-time/part-time:Apprenticeship

Duration:Apprenticeship, 2 years. Advanced Apprenticeship, 1 year.

Start Date:26th March 2017

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:434AD2ARP

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This apprenticeship is for those who want to learn how to apply paint and finishes to a vehicle that has been repaired by the vehicle body repairer.

This apprenticeship is for those who want to learn how to apply paint and finishes to a vehicle that has been repaired by the vehicle body repairer. You will become brilliant at recognising the various materials used on vehicles and the prep needed to be done before applying the paints and finishes. It’s a skilled job and you’ll also be taught how to estimate costs accurately as well as given a thorough briefing in health and safety.

Apprenticeships develop an extensive range of practical skills which include:
Paint technicians are the people responsible for preparing vehicles to be painted after damage has occurred or panels have been replaced after an accident. This will include repairing minor scratches to match the rest of the vehicle.

Duties of a paint technician may include:

  • Assessing and estimating costs
  • Dealing with customers and insurance companies
  • Keeping records of work carried out
  • Removing Mechanical/electrical/trim (MET)
  • Repairing damaged panels (metal finishing and filling techniques)
  • Health and safety in the work place
  • How to communicate and interact with other people.
  • Preparing relevant areas and adjoining areas for blending.
  • Masking out areas to be repaired.
  • Plastic filler repairs
  • Mixing and applying etch, plastic and other primers.
  • Selecting, mixing and tinting of vehicle colours
  • Application of modern paint systems

There are two levels of apprenticeship. Intermediate (Level 2) will gain you a semi-qualified status. The Advanced (Level 3) Apprenticeship and will give you a fully qualified status.

Job roles of an Apprentice in Vehicle Body Refinishing (Paint)

Trainee: Body Refinisher/Painter

When vehicles are damaged in accidents they are taken to a body repair workshop. Here they will have specialist body repair and refinish technicians who specialise in repairing or replacing damaged panels.

As a body refinishing apprentice you could work in an independent garage, a particular manufacturer or dealership. You will need a work placement where you will complete the majority of your time and assessments. You will attend Lincoln College one day each week to complete theory and practical training.

What will I learn?

Integral to the level 2 qualification and important to your progression within the trade are features that include:

  • Functional skills that include English, Mathematics and Information Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Recognised City & Guilds Diploma to show your knowledge
  • Recognised City & Guilds Diploma to show your practical competence

 

How long will it take to complete?

Level 2 - 2 years day release from work placement

Level 3 - 1 year day release from work placement

  • GCSE Grades A-E (Maths, English & Science)
  • Qualification requirements may differ upon the request of the employer.
  • Employment or placement within the retail motor industry

We recommend that you register your interest in the course by completing the application form at the earliest opportunity.
If you need any additional learning support the college are able to help

Continual assessment of an electronic portfolio completed throughout your apprenticeship. Written statements of tasks, task observations and multi-choice computer based examinations of underpinning knowledge. Functional Skills are assessed through course work and examinations.

Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Apprenticeship programme, students will be given the opportunity to progress onto the Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship subject to certain criteria.

If you are aged 16-18 the Apprenticeship is fully funded, therefore there will be no cost to you or your employer.

If you are aged 19 or over, the Apprenticeship is part funded, therefore the will be no fee for the Apprentice, however your employer will be asked to pay a contribution – details can be provided.

If you are aged 24 and over (on 01 August 2013) and wanting to study a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, the Apprentice will be required to pay a fee towards the training in addition to your employer paying a contribution.

Ask us about the 24+ Advanced Learning Loans introduced by the Government to help those aged 24 and over fund their Level 3 Apprenticeships.

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