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This apprenticeship is ideal for those apprentices who have just completed Level 2 and would like to now further their knowledge and skill set within the motor vehicle industry. Within North Yorkshire and nationwide, employers are looking for highly motivated, highly skilled and fully qualified Motor Technicians to enhance and grow their businesses. Completing Level 3 gives the apprentice all the requirements to move onto the MOT Inspector’s role after undertaking a further course.

Apprentices would typically be based at the garage location, however this can vary from garage to garage depending on the business and some offsite work may be required. As an advanced apprentice you will further develop on your knowledge and start to enhance your diagnostic skills. You will be able to find and use a variety of sources to assist you in your day to day work and be able to relate your position within the business and its structure. To assist you keep a record of all these new skills, you will, (with assistance from your employer and WBA), need to keep a logbook that will keep a record of all your soft skills, your professional development and behaviour. You will be able to work to strict deadlines and work closely with others within your team. As you develop your diagnostic skills and repair knowledge you will be constantly assessed by your employer and WBA. This is essential and will show the employer that you have gained and developed your knowledge from Level 2 and have much more experience to help them in their business and encourage them to continue to invest in you and your career.


VRQ/VCQ Level 3 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Competence & Knowledge (Light Vehicle)
Functional skills level 1/2 in Maths
Functional skills level 1/2 in English

End Point Assessment Information

Achievement of the apprenticeship is dependent on the apprentice passing knowledge unit exams at College, theory and practical. The apprentice must be COMPETENT and cover all the criteria learnt at College. To be deemed competent your employer and Work Based Assessor (WBA) will note in your professional logbook if you have fulfilled the level required.

Achieve passes in all Functional skills for their level qualification. (Apprentices are exempt from FS Maths and English if they have previously gained a Grade C/4 or higher at GCSE Maths & English).

A structured interview, Practical and Theory tests away from main place of learning. These will include an online test, professional discussion and skills test.

Method(s) of delivery

Apprentices attend College on day release for 2 years of the apprenticeship and spend the final year at work. At College they will learn the knowledge required to attain the apprenticeship and the WBA will visit the workplace to carry out reviews and practical observations in conjunction with the employer.

Entry criteria

Before starting the apprenticeship you must be employed by someone in the relevant area you want to work in and be employed for a minimum of 30 hours. You will have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in motor vehicle maintenance or equivalent and ideally candidates should have 3 GCSE’s at Grade C/4 or higher which should include Maths and English or the minimum of Level 1 Functional skills in Maths & English.


3 years.

What next?

Diagnostic Technician, MOT Inspector, full time work.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:

Tel: 01904 770368

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