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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician — Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Apprenticeship outline

A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification.

The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles.

A technician is able to work independently and as part of a team following a denied process, using their skills to correctly identify the deferent body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard.

With motor vehicle technology changing all the time panel technicians keep up to date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry. They do so by adhering to the manufacturer’s literature and modification bulletins. The equipment they use can include using jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools, as well as new equipment such as Reinforced Plastic Carbon Fibre diagnostic ultrasound tools.

You will study both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

  • Health and safety
  • Materials and consumables
  • Removing and fitting non-structural body panels
  • Removing and replacing structural body panels
  • Repair techniques and processes
  • Tools and equipment
  • Vehicle body alignment
  • Welding techniques and processes

A residential programme is delivered at EMTEC’s Training Facility, in Ruddington, near Nottingham several times a year to complement the work-based learning the employer will provide.

EMTEC are proud to be the Bodyshop Magazine Technical Training Provider of the Year 2022 Winner.

EMTEC are proud to be the Bodyshop Magazine Technical Training Provider of the Year 2022 Winner.

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Study location Emtec at Ruddington Ruddington Fields Business Park, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6JZ

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You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of the year.


Apprenticeship in Vehicle Damage Panel Technician (Standard Level 3) - IMI Approved


36 months

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement
  • You will also need 4 GCSEs at grades 9–3 (A*–D), including English Language and maths – one of English Language or maths must be grade 9–4 (A*–C). Functional Skills Level 1 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 3 (D) and Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 4 (C) or above. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

Training is delivered via a block release programme at a dedicated Centre of Excellence Training Academy in Nottingham.

We partner with OEM supply chain to provide access to the latest technically advanced materials, provide knowledge and access competencies that you can put into direct action in your workshops when returning from training.