We are currently recruiting for a Bodyshop Panel Apprentice. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with one of the world's most prestigious and technologically advanced car manufacturers. You will be working in a busy BMW/MINI Bodyshop, where you will be responsible for repairing accident damaged motor vehicles to the high standards of the BMW/MINI brand.
All BMW Bodyshop Apprentices (Paint & Panel) attend a centralised body training facility in Milton Keynes for their off-the-job training. This centre is equipped with BMW Cars and BMW Colour Systems to ensure that apprentices are trained to the highest standards.
The role of a Bodyshop Panel Technician includes:
- The removal, repair and refitting of panels and components
- Welding techniques
- Panel beating
- Dent removal
- Vehicle Damage Assessments
During the time spent at your BMW Bodyshop, a mentor will be allocated to oversee the work-based learning programme.
A BMW representative will also visit on a 12-weekly basis to set performance targets and ensure any development needs are being met.
- On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will progress to become a fully qualified Bodyshop Panel Technician
- A driving licence is advisable for candidates who reside over a distance of 5 miles from the Retailer.
- If you only have an automatic licence, you must declare this on your application
- Successful applicants must be prepared to travel to the body training facility in Milton Keynes to complete their apprenticeship training
- Training is completed in one-week blocks approximately once every two-three months. All training costs are covered by the BMW Retailer/Bodyshop (travel, accommodation and food)
- Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week)
- The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
- For updates on the National Living Wage please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-living-wage-increase-to-protect-workers-living-standards
- As of first 1st April 2021, the ANMW will rise to £4.30.
- To have good manual dexterity
- Full training will be provided
Successful applicants must demonstrate the following:
- Keen interest and enthusiasm for automotive vehicles and the industry as a whole
- Be honest and trustworthy with a willingness to learn
- Positive attitude and work ethic, with high level of professionalism
- Be able to work effectively as part of a team in a busy Bodyshop environment, as well as having the capability to follow instructions and work individually
Applicants are required to have, or predicted to obtain, GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) in the following subjects:
- ICT (or one other subject if candidate did not take ICT)
- Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship Standard
Included in standard is the welding accreditation to meet PAS125 accreditation.
- IMIAL Level 3 Award in Automotive Refrigeration Handling
- IMIAL Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicles