Autocare Technician Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
|Maximum funding band is £12,000
|Workplace assessments, EPA preparation
An Auto-care Technician requires a unique combination of technical, retail and customer service skills. They will use a range of tools and measuring and diagnostic equipment to identify and repair simple system faults.
The Auto-care Technician will be required to demonstrate expertise in the technical elements of their role and the practical and theoretical aspects of the vehicle systems they service. They will also need to have excellent communication, customer service and sales skills, as well as strong problem solving and self-organisation skills.
5 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or Level 2 Functional Skills preferred but not essential.
This apprenticeship covers the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:
- Tyre legislation and technical information including EU Tyre labelling, Tyre Pressure Monitoring systems, sidewall markings, homologated fitments relating to cars, car derived vans and light goods vehicles.
- Fundamentals of specific vehicle systems including steering and suspension, braking systems, battery and charging systems, exhaust systems and Air-Conditioning systems
- Vehicle 4-wheel geometry principles
- Basic consumer legislation relevant to the occupation
- Appropriate Health and Safety legislation and requirements for the workplace
- Hybrid/Electric Vehicle system and safe working procedures
- Data protection requirements to protect customer and payment information
- General sales principles including, identifying customer and vehicle needs, presenting solutions, closing the sale and dealing with buying resistance
- How the business works and how you contribute to the overall results, demonstrating commercial awareness
- How to carry out vehicle safety inspections and routine maintenance using manufacturers specifications or approved schedules, using vehicle specific data and meeting legal requirements
- The importance of following work place procedures and the consequences of not doing so.
- Contribute to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace, including the maintenance of key equipment and carrying out general housekeeping
- Carry out stock procedures including dealing with routine stock deliveries, placing stock into storage, carrying out stock rotation duties and ordering parts for customers following company procedures
- Carry out vehicle safety inspections and routine maintenance in line with manufactures specifications or approved schedules, company procedures and complete approved documentation.
- Make recommendations to customers based on the results of inspections, ensuring that sales recommendations are accurate and fully costed, are ethical and in the best interests of the customer at all times, using language that is transparent and avoids jargon.
- Carry out replacement/repair and balancing of a range of light vehicle tyres, including ultra-low profile, directional, asymmetric and run-flat tyres fitted to a range of wheel sizes and types
- Carry out the replacement of components on a specific range of vehicle systems including Steering and Suspension, Braking systems, Battery and Charging systems, exhaust systems and Air-Conditioning systems
- Carry out 4-wheel Geometry operations including adjustments on a range of vehicles with different suspension and steering systems
- Use a range of specialist tools and equipment, mechanical and electrical measuring tools and diagnostic equipment to support fault identification and repair to meet specific customer requirements
- Identify and procure correct parts to meet specific customer requirements
- Access vehicle technical data to inform inspections and make judgements on wear and serviceability.
- Communicate effectively with customers, suppliers and colleagues Deal with and resolve low-level customer complaints
- Use specific company IT systems within the workplace, including Point-of-sale systems and hand-held devices.
- Acts in a manner that promotes the professional image of the automotive sector
- Communicate effectively with colleagues and customers on a range of topics including drawing out information to support identification of customer and vehicle needs, making clear recommendations to customers and overcoming objections/concerns.
- Behave in accordance with company values, industry codes of conduct and demonstrate respect for customers and colleagues. Be courteous at all times and respond quickly to requests/requirements using effective communication skills to win trust and ensure an excellent experience.
- Work as an effective team member taking responsibility for their own actions, being honest and accountable when issues arise and things don’t go as planned.
- Commit to learning to improve your own performance and that of the business. Work in an organised way to ensure work is carried out in an effective and efficient manner.
Additional Qualifications Gained
- City and Guilds Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing (Level 3)
- Infection Control
Apprentices will complete an End Point Assessment, which will assess each of the knowledge, skills and behaviours detailed above.
Assessment consists of three elements:
- Knowledge Test
- Practical observation
- Professional review supported by a portfolio