Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician
About this course

There are 32 million vehicles on the UKs roads, from lorries to mopeds, so we need lots of skilled technicians to keep them safe and roadworthy.

Vehicle repair is challenging and hands-on, you will need to be a good problem solver and be interested in doing lots of manual work. You will also need strong communication skills to be able to explain things to customers, colleagues and suppliers.

What will I learn?

Apprentices who undertake an apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance could work for a dealership focusing on a particular vehicle manufacturer, or an independent garage dealing with a whole range of different vehicles and issues as well as carrying out maintenance, repairs, and identifying and reporting faults.

You will develop skills, knowledge and experience in working with:

  • Engines
  • Transmissions 
  • Chassis 
  • Electrics 
  • Routine maintenance
Entry requirements

Minimum Entry level 3 or GCSE grade E in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and an additional entry test.

Study, assessment and qualifications

An apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance will take 3 years to complete and is a day release programme. You will be required to attend college for 1 day per week during term time. 

The Competence element will be assessed in the workplace using evidence to build a portfolio. The Knowledge element is delivered at our Wiltshire College Trowbridge, Chippenham or Salisbury campuses. 

If required, Functional Skills will also be delivered as part of the apprenticeship programme. A mixture of on and off the job training provides a variety of learning opportunities across the whole programme.

Additional costs and information

To assist you during your apprenticeship, you may be required to purchase some equipment and resources to support you during your course.

What could I do next?

Upon completion of this apprenticeship, you may progress onto full time employment within the vehicle maintenance industry.


Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.