What are the aims of this course?
Apprenticeships allow 16+ year olds to start work and earn a wage, while learning new skills that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills needed to do a job well. Most of an apprentice's training takes place on the job but they will also have to complete off-the-job training within college by day or block release. Automotive apprentices work towards a nationally-recognised competence based qualification and also a knowledge-based qualification.
What are the areas covered by this course?
The Apprenticeship covers the following:
- Locating and correcting simple electrical faults
- Enhancing vehicle electrical systems
- Inspecting vehicle electrical systems
- Removing and replacing electrical components
- Health and safety in the workplace
What qualifications do I need to do this course?
Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so applicants will need to show that they are committed, happy to work as part of a team and individually, and able to use their own initiative. Applicants will undertake an initial assessment prior to enrolment to ensure the programme is right for them.
How is the course assessed?
The VRQ is assessed through work-based evidence compiled as a portfolio. The VCQ is assessed on practical assignments, unit end tests and online examinations.
Which qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?
At the end of the programme apprentices will have achieved:
- Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) Level 2 VCQ Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Principles
- IMI Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Competence
- Functional skills in Maths, English and ICT
- Employee Rights and Responsibilities
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
What will I be able to go on to do after I've completed this course?
On completion of the Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Apprenticeship at level 2 apprentices can go on to complete the Auto Electrical and Mobile Electrical Advanced Apprenticeship at level 3.
What are the career opportunities?
On completion of the advanced apprenticeship at level 3 there may be opportunities to progress to supervisory or managerial positions, move into self-employment, or become a trainer.