The Sector

Motor vehicle manufacturing is big business in the UK. The country has seven car, seven commercial vehicle and nine bus and coach manufacturers as well as eight Formula One teams. Automotive manufacturing employs 700,000 workers and has an annual turnover of around £60 billion, and that’s just the manufacturing side. All those millions of vehicles need servicing, diagnosing and repairing, through authorised dealerships and repair centres.

 

The Careers

There are over 11,000 motor trade and repair related jobs in Staffordshire alone, many of which are in the skilled occupations of vehicle maintenance and repair. Vehicle mechanics work with a wide variety of systems, including mechanical, electrical and finely tuned computer-controlled engines. There are also careers in body and paint repair, which is a growing sector. If these sound like careers you would be interested in we have all the facilities you need to succeed.


Apprenticeship Standard (2) in Welding

Motor Vehicle

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal for those wanting a career working as a Welder. You would learn in your workplace, away from your workstation and formal training in our new modern facilities here at the College. You will have the opportunity to practise and embed your skills at work. As an Apprentice Welder you will use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld. You will produce joints that satisfy basic quality standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly. Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. For those without the required level of maths and English you will need to achieve these at Level 1 and take a test at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Apprenticeship Standard (3) in Welding

Motor Vehicle

This work based Apprenticeship is ideal for those wanting a career working as a Welder, at an advanced level. You would learn in your workplace, away from your workstation and formal training in our new modern facilities here at the College. You will have the opportunity to practise and embed your skills at work. As an Apprentice Welder you will make high strength joints between two or more parts. Multi-Positional Welders use high electrical energy to form an arc. Manual dexterity is essential in controlling the arc, which is used to melt metals, allowing them to fuse together to form a structurally sound weld. You will work with a range of welding processes, with different metals, to the levels of quality and inspection required in safety critical applications. The finished welds are often subjected to rigorous inspection and testing. You are therefore required to perform to high standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly. Welding is used extensively and in almost every sector of industry. For those without the required level of maths and English you will need to achieve these at Level 2 to be successful in your Apprenticeship. If you are looking to improve your skills or change career direction, our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team can discuss your needs and advise you on finding a suitable employer.

Type:
Apprenticeship
Level:
X
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Accident Repair Paint Level 1 Diploma Study Programme

Motor Vehicle

The course covers key areas for students wanting to move towards vehicle refinishing of cars. This Level 1 course is one of a range of qualifications within the Foundation Learning framework and provides an ideal starting point for students wishing to gain a vehicle refinishing qualification. The course has a strong focus towards practical learning and is intended to provide students with opportunities to learn basic motor vehicle body repair skills in a group setting and is delivered in one of our well equipped workshops.

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Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology Level 3 Diploma

Motor Vehicle

This vehicle maintenance course has a strong work-related focus and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required to work in the motor vehicle industry. Units covered could include: operation of vehicle chassis systems, vehicle engine principles, operation, service and repair, vehicle engine management systems, light vehicle suspension and steering and braking systems.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
3
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Motor Vehicle Systems Maintenance Level 1 Certificate/Diploma Study Programme

Motor Vehicle

This Level 1 course is an ideal starting point for students wishing to gain a motor vehicle qualification. The course has a strong focus towards practical learning and is intended to provide students with opportunities to learn motor vehicle servicing skills and is delivered in one of our well-equipped workshops. The necessary knowledge to carry out the tasks safely and competently is also covered as part of the course.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Vehicle Body Repair Level 1 Diploma Study Programme

Motor Vehicle

This course covers key areas for students wanting to move towards body repair motor trades. The Level 1 course is one of a range of qualifications within the Foundation Learning Framework and provides an ideal starting point for students wishing to gain a body repair qualification. The course has a strong focus towards practical learning and is intended to provide students with opportunities to learn basic motor vehicle body repair skills in a group setting and is delivered in one of our well-equipped workshops. The necessary knowledge to carry out the tasks safely and competently is also covered as part of the course.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
1
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Vehicle Systems and Maintenance Level 2 Subsidiary Diploma/Diploma Study Programme

Motor Vehicle

This course is for students wishing to gain a motor vehicle qualification. The course covers both practical and theoretical aspects of vehicle systems repair and maintenance. It provides a foundation in aspects of vehicle maintenance and repair. All subjects have a practical content, which is carried out in a workshop environment, whilst underpinning knowledge is delivered either in the classroom or in our computer aided learning resource centre (autotronics). The course is a mix of practical workshop sessions, classroom and autotronic based technology lessons. Depending on your progress you will be able to complete either the Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma.

Type:
Course - Full Time
Level:
2
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Facilities for you:

  • Up-to-date commercial garage equipment in bespoke workshops
  • Hi-tech water-based paint spray booth, oven and paint mixing facility
  • Vehicle repair jig and pull equipment
  • High pressure spot welder and motor vehicle training rigs in our main workshop

Popular Career Progression

Body Repair Technician
Heavy Vehicle Technician
Light Vehicle Technician
MOT Inspector
Motorsport Engineer
Motorsport Technician
Paint Refinishing Technician
Test Engineer

Bethany Jones

Bethany works at Foxley Garage whilst studying Motor Vehicle Studies at Stoke on Trent College.

She said: I chose to study Motor Vehicle at Stoke on Trent College because I wanted to gain life skills and a good career for myself.

The facilities are great and learning here has helped me at work because I get to meet like-minded people on the course who have different approaches  to mechanics and learn new things from them too as well as the lecturers.

I’ve gained a lot of respect doing what I do and it’s certainly helped me kick-start my career.”