Apprentice Heavy Goods Vehicle Maintenance Technician

Job Introduction

We are now recruiting for two Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice Technicians to join our Vehicle Maintenance Unit (VMU) team based at our Southern Distribution Centre in Amesbury, Wiltshire*.

The unit is Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency equipped, and operates a Tachograph bay with six fully equipped working bays which enables the maintenance and servicing of our modern fleet of vehicles and trailers.

With Company funded training, the Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice Technician will fulfil a practical role within the VMU helping to maintain and repair the Company’s commercial fleet ensuring legal compliance and safe and fit for use.

Day-to-day duties include a range of activities under supervision relating to fleet maintenance and repair.

The apprentice will complete a 3 year apprenticeship before being appointed VMU Technican.

The Level 3 apprenticeship standard, Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician, requires the Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice Technician to attend Stephenson College in Coalville for 5 blocks of 2 weeks' training per year from September 2021.

During each 2 week training block the Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice Technician will return home for the weekend.

For the duration of the apprenticeship, assessments may include but are not limited to:

  • Individual and group evaluation
  • Question and answer
  • Video
  • Professional discussion
  • Portfolio
  • Written assignment
  • Workplace observation

Over the period of training the Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice Technician's responsibilities will increase proportionally in line with their training progress and ability. 

*The apprenticeship requires regular overnight stays away from home when attending Stephenson College, during which time travel, meals and accommodation will be provided.

  • Salary Starting at £17,886 incrementally rising to £37,500 upon completion of the apprenticeship and on-t
  • Reference ADC/VMU/ApprenticeTech.0721/EW
  • Contract Type Full Time
  • Closing Date November 30, 2021
  • Category Transport
  • Business Unit Transport (Amesbury)
  • Location Solstice Business Park, Equinox Drive, Amesbury, United Kingdom

Role Responsibility

  • Carry out vehicle preventative maintenance inspection and servicing to a high standard
  • Inspect vehicle engine and mechanical/electrical components to diagnose issues accurately, using computer-based diagnostic equipment
  • Repair or replace broken or defective parts and resolve defects
  • Maintain VMU equipment and working areas to a good, clean condition
  • Follow the appropriate, job-specific checklists to ensure all jobs are completed according to the specific process
  • General maintenance, cleanliness and tidiness of VMU facilities including sweeping and organising tools
  • Use of hand tools and general garage equipment
  • Tail Lift maintenance and vehicle body work repairs, fabrication and basic welding processes

The Ideal Candidate


  • At least 18 years of age
  • UK Driving licence (HGV category an advantage)
  • A desire for delivering the highest possible standards of work with respect to quality and compliance
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT or GCSE grade C or equivalent. In the absence of such qualification an initial functional skills assessment will be completed prior to apprenticeship enrolment in order to assess skill level. Functional skills learning will then be planned into the apprenticeship programme.
  • Some experience of vehicle maintenance preferred but not essential
  • Experience of working in a team

Skills and Competencies

  • Punctual and reliable, ensuring attendance to training
  • Attention to detail and accuracy is essential in this role across all tasks
  • Ability to work in a competent and efficient manner on your own as well as part of a busy team
  • Ability to accurately follow written and verbal instruction
  • Computer proficient
  • Maintain a disciplined and logical approach to tasks

For applications to be considered, applicants are required to have a complete and up-to-date Home Bargains Careers Centre profile and to respond to the job application questionnaire when prompted.

Applicants that are invited to attend an onsite interview must present original documentation demonstrating their eligibility to work in the UK, along with other specified documents.

Package Description

  • Starting at £17,886 per annum, incrementally rising to £37,500 per annum upon completion of apprenticeship
  • Monday - Friday when attending college and upon commencement of the role, changing to a 4 on 4 off shift pattern, 6am – 6pm or 7am – 7pm once the VMU Technician role can be competently fulfilled
  • 5.6 weeks paid holiday rising to 6.6 weeks upon 5 years’ service
  • Company pension scheme
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Access to social and sporting events
  • 10% store discount

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