The Pit Stop

Apprentice Motor Vehicle Apprentice/Technician


The Pit Stop

Training Provider:


Weekly wage £156.00
40.0 hours per week The working week is Monday to Friday, times TBC.
duration: 36 months
start: 21 October 2019
Advanced(level 3)
Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) (apprenticeship standard)
14 October 2019 (application closing date)
The Pitstop Garage are looking to recruit a L3 Motor Vehicle Technician/Mechanic into their friendly garage in Penzance. A fantastic opportunity for an individual looking to start a career in the Automotive trade!


  • As a motor vehicle technician, you will be assisting with the majority of tasks within the workshop
  • You will be answering directly to the business owner and learning practically whilst shadowing the current team members
  • Full training will be provided for use of all of the workshop equipment and facilities, including a tyre fitting machine through to electronic diagnostic equipment
  • The role will also include undertaking cleaning duties of both the workshop and also vehicles
  • There will be the possibility of a full-time position offered at the end of the apprenticeship

Future Prospects

On successful completion fo the apprenticeship there is a possibility of a future job role.

Skills Required

  • A passion for the Motor Vehicle trade is essential
  • Communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Practical skills

Qualities Required

  • Hard working
  • Committed
  • Able to work within a friendly team

Qualifications Required

  • The successful candidate must have GCSE grade C/4 in English and maths or equivalent or above
  • Any previous qualifications or experience within the Motor Vehicle trade would be beneficial but not essential

Training Provided

  • Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) Level 3

During the apprenticeship, you will gain a technical certificate qualification at level 3 issued by the institute of the motor industry. You will also develop a portfolio of work demonstrating and evidencing your development of skills, knowledge and competence in the following areas:


  • The fundamentals of vehicle technologies e.g. vehicle systems such as chassis, engine, transmission, electrical, air conditioning, high voltage vehicles, etc.
  • The types, and associated characteristics, of light vehicles e.g. front- or rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, etc.
  • Diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques.
  • Emerging automotive technologies and the impact they will have on the knowledge and skills technicians will require in the future


  • Carry out the foundation tasks common to all procedures e.g. removing and replacing bolts, screws and clips, replacing seals, extracting damaged fasteners, cutting, drilling, filing, using fabrication skills etc.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to the dealership/garage’s business processes (e.g. environmental awareness, servicing a vehicle, record keeping, customer contact) and standard workshop operations
  • Access specific information e.g. vehicle repair information, wiring diagrams, maintenance tables, technical production information and apply appropriately
  • Use diagnostic, mechanical and electrical measuring equipment
  • Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer e.g. following a service, complex repair, pre-delivery inspection etc.
  • Service and maintain a vehicle without supervision
  • Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturer’s standards
  • Investigate symptoms of vehicle fault(s) and identify the likely underlying cause. 
  • Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques, supported by diagnostic tools and testing regimes, to establish electrical, mechanical and electronic faults
  • Use current flow diagrams and electrical test equipment to carry out standard diagnostic and repair procedures

Core Skills:

  • Communicate effectively with customers on a range of topics e.g. draw from a customer the description of symptoms in a way that will support the process of diagnosing faults
  • Behave in accordance with the values of the company they work for; treat customers with respect and courtesy, quickly respond to their requirements and win their trust using effective communication skills to ensure they receive an excellent experience.
  • Operate as an effective team member taking responsibility when required and be honest and accountable when things don’t go as planned
  • Constantly learn in order to improve your own performance and that of the business; plan effectively and be highly organised when carrying out service and repairs
  • Understand how the business works from an operational perspective and demonstrate commercial awareness