Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) Apprentice

Halfords

An apprentice in one of the 319 Halfords Autocentres is unlike anything you will find in a traditional service business. Within our Autocentres no two days are ever the same. You can expect to encounter almost any make or model of car for almost every piece of work you can think of; from servicing, inspections to the more complex repair work, engine rebuild to diagnostics work.

A successful Halfords Autocentre Apprentice is adaptable, flexible and enjoys the challenge of resolving new problems every day.
You will be customer focused with sharp attention to detail as well as the ability to listen to and learn from you college lecturers and colleagues/mentors to gain the skills to diagnose and repair vehicles to the highest standard.
The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.
The day-to-day tasks faced by the technician are constantly changing, driven by the introduction of ever more complex technologies and diagnostic techniques.
Today’s apprentice has to demonstrate expertise in the technical side of their role.
They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of a vehicle’s systems.
They must be able to work independently but also operate as an effective team member, understand how their work shop and the dealership/garage functions from a commercial perspective.
The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to the following:
• Carry out the foundation tasks common to all procedures e.g. removing and replacing bolts, screws and clips, replacing seals, extracting damaged fasteners, cutting, drilling, filing, using fabrication skills etc.
• Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to the dealership/garage’s business processes (e.g. environmental awareness, servicing a vehicle, record keeping, customer contact) and standard workshop operations
• Access specific information e.g. vehicle repair information, wiring diagrams, maintenance tables, technical production information and apply appropriately
• Use diagnostic, mechanical and electrical measuring equipment
• Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required quality standard for handover to the customer e.g. following a service, complex repair, pre-delivery inspection etc.
• Service and maintain a vehicle without supervision
• Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturer’s standards
• Investigate symptoms of vehicle fault(s) and identify the likely underlying causes
• Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques, supported by diagnostic tools and testing regimes, to establish electrical, mechanical and electronic faults
• Use current flow diagrams and electrical test equipment to carry out standard diagnostic and repair procedures
Candidate Criteria:
Desired skills
• Very key to this role is a friendly, helpful, team-orientated person with a strong desire to build a career as an Auto Vehicle Technician
• Interest in cars and solving problems
• Able to be practical and have a strong and fit attitude to work due to the manual work involved
• Knowledge of Auto Vehicle maintenance
• Enjoys working and fixing problems with cars
• Knowledge of Microsoft packages
Personal qualities
A successful Halfords Autocentre Apprentice is adaptable, flexible and enjoys the challenge of resolving new problems every day. You will be customer focused with sharp attention to detail as well as the ability to listen to and learn from you college lecturers and colleagues/mentors to gain the skills to diagnose and repair vehicles to the highest standard.
• Those who enjoy the practical application of knowledge and skills are especially likely to have an aptitude for the work
• Interested in the way vehicles operate and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems; organised, methodical and pays attention to detail
• Able to work in a team and to communicate well both orally and in writing; cares about delivering excellent service – both internally and externally to colleagues and customers
• Able to demonstrate general analytical and mechanical skills
• Flexibility and willingness to learn
Desired qualifications
• Level 2 qualification in Vehicle Maintenance (or equivalent)
• 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grades A – C
Candidates without English and Maths at GCSE Grade C (or Functional Skills Level 2) or above will undertake level 2 Functional skills through the 3 year apprenticeship standard.
Additional information:
A full time position for the right person earning of £17,000 – £18,000 once qualified. Progression opportunities across the Halfords Group PLC for Team Leader, management roles.
Project and assignments are included within this apprenticeship.
National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.70 per hour from 1st April 2018. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.
For the right candidate this position will offer:
• 30 days holiday rising to 33 days
• Constant variety of vehicles to work on
• Variety of career development opportunities
• Life assurance
• Discount high street shopping scheme
• Great benefits including, a very generous staff discount scheme, pension, tool purchase scheme to name a few of our amazing Company benefits
How to Apply: Send your CV to apprenticeships@clarionhg.com for more information

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