A Light Vehicle Technician apprenticeship usually lasts 2-3 years.

With over 32 million vehicles on the road, the demand for highly skilled mechanics to repair, maintain and keep them roadworthy will always be present therefore a skill which will always be needed in this industry.


You will gain an Institute of Motor Industry qualification in either:

Tyre & Auto Care Technician
Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician (light vehicle) – Level 3
depending on which qualification best suits you and your workplace


You will learn both the practical and theoretical elements of light vehicle mechanics and electronics, from engine and exhaust systems to security features. Duties will commonly include servicing vehicles, carrying out checks and general maintenance, repairing and replacing faulty parts and components, diagnosing and locating faults, tuning, producing cost estimates and maintaining repair and service records.

As an apprentice you will earn whilst you learn and much of your practical experience will come from supervised work within a garage setting. You will attend our technical college at Martec on day release to obtain your underpinning knowledge. Depending on your Maths and English grades, you may be required to attend Martec on day release to complete Functional Skills qualifications in these subjects.

Like all vocational training the qualification is competence based. This means that it is linked to your ability to perform a range of tasks connected with your work. You will plan a programme of development and assessment with an assessor and your employer and compile a portfolio of evidence to prove your competence and knowledge.


You will be paid the nationally recognised apprenticeship wage. See here for more information:
Apprenticeship Pay


There is no cost to you to attend this course.


“I left Martec in 2013 having completed the ‘Light Vehicle Technician’ course, Level 2. Since then I have been successful in gaining full time employment. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do once I left school and attended an open day at Martec Training to find out what else was available to me other than traditional routes. I’m so pleased I did as they helped and supported me the whole way through. Without their guidance I wouldn’t have achieved everything I have done today.” Sophie McClean