Motor Vehicle Paint Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship

This programme is designed to give you the relevant training and education required to become a successful employee within the motor industry. Learning through practical and theory sessions at College is teamed with work-based experience and training in order to achieve a level 2 qualification.

Course Content

The course combines developing your practical and theoretical skills at College, together with experience gained in the workplace. Units include:

  • Good Housekeeping
  • Health and Safety
  • Maintaining Positive Working Relationships
  • Preparing Vehicles and Panels to Accept Foundation and Top Coats
  • Prepare and Apply Foundation Materials to Vehicles
  • Repair Minor Vehicle Paint Defects
  • Valet Vehicles

As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of paint operations. You will need to be dedicated and committed to your study and be responsible for your own learning. You will be required to attend an interview with the work based learning team and be asked to complete basic skills assessments in literacy and numeracy followed by a paper based trade assessment. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable work placement with a motor paint operations company and have four GCSEs (grades A*-D), or equivalent, including English and maths.

What Can I Do Next?

Possible progression onto the advanced apprenticeship

Motor Vehicle Paint Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 3
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£6,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£600
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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