David May Motor Services

£140.00 per week


Light Vehicle Maintenance Apprentice
Published: Jun 22, 2017
Ref: DM207JG

David May Motor Services are looking to take on a mechanic apprentice to join their team in Ivybridge.

The Apprentice’s Role

This is a great opportunity to join a very busy and professional garage. The apprentice will learn all aspects of the trade from general repairs to full servicing. Tasks will include changing brakes, oil and filter changes, clutch repairs, full engine diagnostics, cylinder head replacement, suspension work plus numerous other jobs. The role will also include shadowing staff on complex repairs and assisting with MOTs.

General duties will include keeping the garage tidy, clean and safe for both staff and customers. The successful candidate will need to carry out basic electrical repairs on light vehicles and some minor body repairs. The apprentice will be expected to take phone calls, deal with clients coming into the garage and help out with deliveries.

Working Hours: Your working hours will vary, however opening times are 8.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday and 8.30am – 4.30pm, Saturday.

Wages: £140.00 per week, based on a 40 hour week. Any additional hours worked over 40 hours per week will be paid at the national minimum wage depending on age.

Holiday: 28 days holiday entitlement (including bank holidays) will be paid each year, during the course of your apprenticeship.

David May Motor Services Ivybridge was formed in 1979 by David and Shelagh May. Based at Park Street, Ivybridge, the garage began by carrying out vehicle body and mechanical repairs and, from the outset, the principle of the company was to offer affordable service with customer care the priority. A principle still carried on to this day.

In 1992 it was decided to move to a purpose built site on Ermington Road, Ivybridge, in order to have all operations under one roof, including a display area for up to 20 selected used cars. David May Motor Services is now recommended body repairers for numerous insurance companies as well as a Dupont five star dealership.

To ensure the quality of the service offered by David May Motor Services they have now been accredited with the British Quality Standard ISO 9002 and services now include free courtesy cars and authorised MOTs.

Past Apprentices

David May Motor Services haven't previously taken on an apprentice through Skills Group so this is a great opportunity to make your mark on this new employer.

The workshop is managed by David May and Paula Stedding, while the body shop is run by Michael Lavers who has been with the company for over 20 years.

Once having completed your level 2 qualification, you will progress onto a level 3 apprenticeship and full-time employment within the company, should you have the skills and knowledge required.

Skills Required

You will need to have a good attention to detail and be able to take on board potentially complex instructions. Good communication skills are required.

Some knowledge or proven experience in the motor trade would be beneficial.

Personal Qualities

You must be pleasant, dedicated to completing your training and be prepared to assist colleagues and the employer with other jobs where required.

Prior Qualifications

GCSE grades A -C is desired, yet not required.

The Level 2 Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair consists of:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Competence
  • Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Principles
  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (Level 1)
  • Employment Responsibilities and Rights
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Certified Health & Safety Course
  • Internet Safety / Safeguarding

Attendance is required at our training centre for one day per week, and you will have regular visits every six to eight weeks from your designated assessor who will monitor your progress throughout your training.

Whilst at our training centre you will learn the necessary skills and gain experience to help you in your role. Part of your training will be theory based, whilst the rest will be practical activities at our workshop facility.

Please tick if you also want to enter our current competition and agree to the terms and conditions.

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About Us

Skills Group has over 20 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships, working with top local employers to offer sustainable employment opportunities. We are one of the country's largest independent training providers, one of very few to be recognised as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, and in the top 5% nationally for our apprentice success rates.


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