By Laura Cronin 15 Feb 2023 6 min read

Education & Training Requirements for Automotive Technician in UK

In the UK, to become an automotive technician, you typically need to have completed a relevant course or apprenticeship program. Here are some of the most common pathways to becoming an automotive technician in the UK:


Many automotive technicians start their careers as apprentices, which involves a combination of classroom training and on-the-job experience. Apprenticeships typically last for three to four years, and you can find available apprenticeships through the government's National Apprenticeship Service.


Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a vehicle technician apprenticeship in the UK can vary depending on the employer and the specific apprenticeship program. However, here are some typical requirements:

Age: Most vehicle technician apprenticeships require applicants to be at least 16 years old. Some employers may have higher age requirements, such as 18 years old.

Education: Apprenticeships usually require a minimum of four or five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths, English, and a science subject. Alternatively, equivalent vocational qualifications may be accepted, such as a Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair.

Skills: Employers may look for candidates who have good communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a strong interest in vehicles and mechanics.

Driving Licence: Some employers also require apprentices to have a valid UK driving licence, or to be working towards obtaining one.


It's important to note that some employers may have additional requirements or preferences when selecting apprentices, such as previous work experience or relevant certifications. Candidates should carefully review the specific requirements for each apprenticeship program they are interested in before applying.

Learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in the automotive industry here.


Examples of automotive employers offering apprenticeships

BMW Group: BMW Group offers a range of apprenticeships, including vehicle technician apprenticeships, across its network of dealerships in the UK.

Ford: Ford offers vehicle technician apprenticeships at its franchised dealerships and service centres across the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover: Jaguar Land Rover offers vehicle technician apprenticeships at its manufacturing plants and dealerships in the UK.

Volkswagen Group: Volkswagen Group offers vehicle technician apprenticeships through its Audi, Seat, Skoda, and Volkswagen brands at dealerships across the UK.

Toyota: Toyota offers vehicle technician apprenticeships at its franchised dealerships and service centres in the UK.


Vocational Courses

There are several vocational courses available in the UK that can help prepare you for a career as an automotive technician. These courses are offered by colleges and training providers across the country, and usually take around two years to complete. Some examples of vocational courses include the City & Guilds VRQ (Vocational Related Qualification) in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Automotive Maintenance & Repair or Motor Vehicle Engineering. Using these links, you can search for course providers in your local area.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for starting a VRQ (Vocational Related Qualification) in vehicle maintenance can vary depending on the level of diploma selected. Here is a general summary of the different levels of diploma you can pursue:

Level 1 qualifications will suit you if you are new to the industry and would like to develop basic knowledge and skills; it usually requires no previous experience.

Level 2 qualifications suit those who already have a good foundation of knowledge and/or experience in the industry.

Level 3 qualifications suit those who have a lot of technical experience already and want to progress in their career by learning more advanced skills.


Relevant Work Experience

It’s very rare today to be able to become a vehicle technician without formal qualifications; however some employers may occasionally consider candidates who have gained relevant work experience in the automotive industry. This may involve working as an assistant or trainee technician to gain hands-on experience.

In addition to completing a relevant course or apprenticeship program, many employers may also require candidates to have a valid driving licence and good communication and problem-solving skills.

Learn more about automotive careers here.

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