Motor Vehicle and Motorcycle Courses

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Our Motor Vehicle Courses are delivered by a dedicated team with a wealth of experience and excellent links with the industry.

Workshops are equipped with the latest technology and interactive training tools, and students gain the skills needed in the workplace through hands-on experience.

Further Education qualifications are available in maintenance and repair ( mechanics ), body repair and refinishing, and accident repair paint principles, and are designed to provide you with the knowledge needed for a career in the automotive industry.

If you feel you would benefit from learning while at work, Apprenticeships are also available in a variety of different pathways.

I’ve learnt so many skills whilst studying at Colchester Institute; the whole experience is so different from school. The course provided practical learning which is something i have always enjoyed. I feel confident that I will be able to be successful in my chosen career.Amy Lee – Repair and Paint Refinishing, progressed from Thurstable School
The course is very hands-on and all the tutors talk to you with respect. They have taught us a lot in the small amount of time we have been here. I will eventually take over the family business in restoring vintage camper vans.Josh Morgan - Vehicle Accident Repair and Paint Refinishing Level 2

An apprenticeship is your chance to gain valuable work experience whilst completing a nationally recognised qualification. Typically you will be expected to work full-time, with time spent away from the workplace at college to study for your qualification. The best part is that apprentices do real jobs, for real employers so you are paid while you learn.

Piccolo Moto Ltd Case Study

Apprentice: Max

Apprenticeship: Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair (Intermediate)

Employer: Piccolo Moto Ltd

Why did you choose an Apprenticeship at Colchester Institute?

I enjoyed the level 1 course and knew that an Apprenticeship would be the best way
for me to get the right skills for the industry. I’d volunteered on Saturdays at Piccolo
Moto in Colchester, as a trial to see how I got on, and am pleased they offered me an Apprenticeship because I want to get more experience in the workplace. It is also good to be earning money while I’m training.

How will the Apprenticeship help you?

Doing an Apprenticeship is enabling me to learn a lot more and get a real
insight into what a work environment is like, after studying full-time at College. Working on different types of motorcycles, including high performance bikes and older models, is helping me to gain a wide range of important skills. Feedback from my employer and tutors at College is giving me the knowledge and confidence to get on with practical work by myself. Max’s interest in motorbikes began while he was a student at Colne Community School. After finishing his GCSEs Max decided motorcycle mechanics was the career route he wanted to take. He completed the full-time level 1 Motorcycle Maintenance Diploma at Braintree and started an Apprenticeship in September 2013.

What are your career plans and ambitions for the future?

I plan to keep on learning and building up my skills, to take my career as far as I can.
There are so many opportunities in the motorcycle industry and I want to make sure that I have the right qualifications and experience.