Vehicle Accident Repair (Paint) Apprenticeship Level 3

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This programme will give you the opportunity to efficiently prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents.

Course Information

With this apprenticeship, you will work in the body repair sector of the motor industry. Your role will be varied but will involve preparing vehicles fully for painting, correctly colour matching to the final finish, painting to the manufacturer’s paint specification as well as paint mixing and composition. You will likely work within a collision repair or smart repair workshop.


Benefits / Skills

  • Understanding health and safety in the automotive environment
  • Supporting job roles in the automotive work environment
  • Using tools and equipment for vehicle refinishing
  • Working with plastic materials and components
  • Preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces
  • Establishing paint defects
  • Applying topcoats and refinishing operations
  • Matching paint colours to vehicles
  • Entry Requirements

    The employer will agree entry requirements for these apprenticeships and these will depend on the role that they are advertising.

    Please check that you meet all essential criteria before applying for a position, you can find the details of these on the full vacancy description (links below). If you are unsure about this please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0113 284 6464.

    Career Progression

    Accident Repair Paint Technician

    As an accident repair paint technician you will prepare vehicles prior to commencing repair. In addition, you will identify materials that require repairing, use refinishing materials to manufacturer’s specifications and operate correct equipment during the repair process.

    Below are some Leeds City College apprenticeships you could potentially progress on to once you have completed this programme:

  • Vehicle Accident Repair (Body) Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Automotive Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprenticeship Level 3
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    Course Details


    1 year

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    Course Facts


    £21.1 billion is spent every year on car servicing and repair.

    Extra Curriculum

    The average salary for a qualified automotive paint technician is £23,600.

    Labour Market

    92.7% of apprentices who used our recruitment service would recommend it to a friend.

    Course FAQs

    Is the automotive industry a stressful environment to work?

    Roles within motor vehicle businesses tend to require constant effort and can be highly demanding for their employees as you are consistently dealing with complex data throughout the day. However, you will receive full training on how to prioritise tasks and strategies to minimise stress levels. Employers will also be aware that you are a trainee and will not throw you in at the deep end.

    What do people enjoy most about being an apprentice?

    The most enjoyable aspect for most of our apprentices is the work experience they gain while on the programme. For those used to theory-based lessons, they find it refreshing that the majority of the apprenticeship is practical training. They also like the fact that they are being paid for learning new skills!

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