Vehicle Repair Apprenticeships

Apprentices are an essential part of any thriving bodyshop, future proofing businesses with skilled, motivated young people who represent the bodyshop managers and industry leaders of tomorrow. 

Long recognised as a leading provider of skills training for crash repair technicians, Thatcham’s Apprentice Programme is also widely respected throughout the industry for the advantages its brings to both employers and young people at the very start of their careers.
With a dedicated Apprentice Academy, Thatcham have successfully trained over 1,500 apprentices since 2004 and boast one of the highest student retention rates in the industry. All involved with this essential training programme, the bodyshop manager, the apprentice and their parents or guardian, can be assured that by choosing Thatcham, we will provide a training environment, which will ensure Thatcham Apprentices get a head start to their future in the UK bodyshop industry.
Uniquely backed by the UK’s leading vehicle research centre, Thatcham’s dedicated Apprentice Academy provides the very latest skills, modern materials and vehicles, equipment and tuition from the best in the business.

If you love cars and you want a proper job with actual money, learning practical skills and gaining a nationally recognised qualification, then an apprenticeship in vehicle crash repair could be for you.
We offer apprentice training in 5 areas.
Body Repairers or ‘Panel’ technicians will learn how to weld, repair or replace damaged panels and align body structures on computerised jigs. You’ll find out about the wide range of different materials used in the modern vehicle and what’s unique about the way these need to be treated and handled in repair.
Body Refinisher or ‘Paint’ technicians can help you bring out your artistic side – panel preparation, colour matching, paint mixing and spraying are all essential tasks.
Body Fitters or ‘M.E.T.’ technicians will discover the many different techniques for removing and refitting trim as well as the inner workings of the vehicle – engine management systems, air conditioning, airbags and steering geometry.