Motor vehicle manufacturing is big business: the UK has seven car, seven commercial vehicle and nine bus and coach manufacturers as well as eight Formula One teams. The sector employs 700,000 workers and has an annual turnover of around £60 billion.
You can choose to pursue a career from many options in the sector, such as with a main dealer like Ford or BMW, a chain garage such as Kwik Fit, a car manufacturer like Land Rover, or with a roadside assistance company like the AA. There are also other opportunities to work in smaller, independent garage and part suppliers.
Our motor vehicle students are based at our Engineering & Construction Campus in Stevenage.
Our motor vehicle courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands-on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like IV services, Airbus, Ford, BMW, Halfords and Kwik Fit
Visits to businesses and major events including the Ferrari Training Centre, Land Rover, Jaguar and the Mechanics Show
Getting to work in an environment that emulates an industrial working environment where you can learn both the practical and technical skills required to succeed in the sector
Having access to the latest computer technology and cutting-edge tools and diagnostic kits provided by our corporate sponsor – the worldwide manufacturer - Snap-On.
Motor vehicle courses at NHC provide a structured framework in which you’ll develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary for a successful and fulfilling career in the sector. Courses are offered at different levels of entry. This means that, no matter what previous qualifications you’ve achieved, we’ll have a course suitable for you. Opportunities for career progression after our courses include mechanic, body repairer or automotive technician.
Vehicle technology: this course will introduce you to the retail automotive maintenance and repair sector by looking at the principles of vehicle construction, engine components and operation, steering and suspension systems as well as component fitting, tyre and braking system checks. You’ll also cover workshop tools and equipment, and health and safety.
Car restoration: you’ll develop skills and knowledge in metal finishing small to medium dents, safe use of oxyacetylene welding bottles, spot welding, gas welding and brazing, use of body filler, glazing and lead loading.
Vehicle repair (body and paint): you’ll learn about removing, replacing and repairing body panels, identifying and rectifying body misalignment, MIG & MAG welding techniques, working with plastic materials and components, preparing metal and pre-painted surfaces as well as colour matching and applying coats to paint defects. Students get the opportunity to undertake a vehicle restoration project to develop classic car restoration skills and also visit classic car shows.