Bodyshop Apprenticeship standards published

The Apprenticeship Standards for the Automotive Bodyshop Industry has been published online today as part of an ongoing scheme to develop apprenticeships in the UK.

The standards state that typically an apprenticeship in the bodyshop industry will take 2 years to complete and individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants.

‘In order to optimise success, typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.’

The document also  states that a competent Accident Repair Technician should demonstrate the following behaviours:

• The adoption at all times of a good health and safety first mentality as standard practice.

• A customer first approach when dealing with owners of vehicles and other clients.

• Recognises that high quality is intrinsic in every activity throughout the accident repair process.

• A strong and positive work ethic.

• The ability to work in a team and be a good team member.

• A positive attitude. Good aptitude. Excellent ambition.

• Effective communication throughout the repair process, both with clients and with other members of the team.

A list of all occupations approved by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to develop an apprenticeship standard has been also been published on the official UK government website.

Employers are encouraged to get involved in trailblazer projects so that they can help develop new standards.

These documents are updated regularly to highlight new standards which have been approved for development.

Each month, all bids to develop new apprenticeships (Expressions of Interest), and draft apprenticeship standards received will now be open for public feedback before being assessed for approval.

More details and to access the latest survey can be found on the Apprenticeship standards: changes to the process for approvals page.

If you’d like to get involved and contribute to the development of standards in one of the occupations listed in the table, read the guidance for trailblazers, and email the Trailblazer contact.