Automotive Technical Trainer – VDA

Department: Training Academy
Salary details: Competitive benefits and pension package & a salary that is dependent on skills/experience
Published date: 05-Dec-2019

Do you have a passion for delivering engaging and interactive training sessions for the automotive industry? Or perhaps you’re an experienced Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA), looking to develop a career in delivering training?

We are an industry leader in the field of skills development in automotive repair and we're looking for an Automotive Technical Trainer to join our Training Academy on a full time, permanent basis.

This position offers the unique opportunity to deliver quality training and assessment to delegates of all ages and levels, whilst providing access to the very latest vehicles, technology and equipment.

Successful applicants will ideally have experience in delivering training to either apprentices or skilled professionals however, we will also be pleased to accept applicants who have a strong background as a VDA or Motor Engineer who are looking to develop a career in training. 

Your responsibilities as an Automotive Technical Trainer will involve:

  • Delivering training and assessment of the highest standards in vehicle repair to delegates of all ages and levels of competence.
  • Responsibility for ensuring that each delegate is supported in the development of skills and behaviours and is provided every opportunity to achieve a successful outcome
  • Providing fair assessments against prescribed criteria
  • Maintaining effective records of evidence, ensuring that portfolios of learner outcomes are maintained to awarding body standards
  • Supporting the management and development of training materials, ensuring that all courses have clear and precise schemes of work, lesson plans and objectives

Your skills and qualifications as an Automotive Technical Trainer will include:


  • Strong background as a VDA or automotive vehicle repair
  • Recognised qualification (NVQ/ATA) in at least 1 body repair discipline


  • Experience of delivering training to apprentices or skilled professionals 
  • Familiar with Level 2/3 curriculum for the body repair discipline and experience in delivering training against this curriculum with high levels of successful outcomes.
  • City & Guilds level 3 qualification in Education and Teaching or equivalent
  • Proven ability to develop the knowledge and competence of others to a Level 3 standard and beyond
  • The ability to develop training plans and schemes of work to meet desired outcomes
  • Level 3 Award in Teaching, Assessment and Quality Assurance or equivalent

About you:

You have an innovative approach and enjoy applying engaging techniques to teaching methods, activities and course development. Your captivating communication style enables you to easily pique the interest of your audience, whilst your excellent organisational skills allow you to plan effectively so that conflicting priorities are easily mitigated.

SalaryWe offer a competitive benefits and pension package, with a salary that is dependent on skills and experience

Location: Thatcham, Berkshire

Working Hours: 8.30 - 16.45 Monday - Thursday and 8.30 - 16.00 Fridays

About Thatcham Research

At the cutting edge of automotive research in the UK, Thatcham Research has a unique role in shaping the design of new vehicles and influencing ever higher standards of safety, security and repairability.

With an on-site Crash Laboratory, Repair Technology Centre, Training Academy and Crime Lab, our research expertise is driving some of the very latest automotive developments in technology, materials and standards in this fast moving and highly technical industry.

Thatcham Research is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community

All applicants must have the Right to Work in the UK


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