Motor Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeships

Fixing cars and vans: from steering and suspension to electrical circuitry

The Automotive Retail Industry provides employment for over half a million employees who work for approximately 70,000 employers. It is a major contributor to the UK economy.

Want to learn what makes cars (and customers) tick? You’ll get trained on everything from how to replace tyres to fixing engines. You might work in a large dealership that specialises in one make of car, or an independent garage. Either way, you’ll work closely with professionals who give you the support you need to be able to develop and progress your career.

The new Apprenticeship Standards have been created with sectors employers, so you can be sure that you're learning the knowledge and practical skills employers' really value. In the last five years over 3,000 apprentices have trained with us.

Level 3 Light Vehicle Service and Maintenance

36 months

Work in

  • Car dealership (focusing on a particular make of car)
  • Independent garage


  • Successful apprentices can apply for the appropriate level of professional registration as an engineer (EngTech)

As a Light Vehicle Service and Maintenance apprentice, you’ll be involved in servicing and repairing light vehicles such as cars and vans.

You’ll need to know about all the systems found in the vehicle, from the exhaust to the electrics. Day-to-day work is varied, from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.

As you’d expect there’s a lot of technical knowledge to take on, such as steering and suspension geometries and engine and gear calculations. It’s a responsible job too, your client’s safety depends on your skills and professionalism. That’s why you’ll build your knowledge of relevant legislation, from legal vehicle emissions through to health and safety law. And, as with all apprenticeships, what you learn is immediately put into practice.

This Apprenticeship Standard qualification has been designed by 11 employers and industry bodies, so you can be sure that it meets the needs of the modern automotive industry. Designed by: Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Honda and the VW Group (to name a few).

Full specification: Light Vehicle Service and Maintenance, Apprenticeship Standard