About Automotive

Stand out from the crowd and train for a career in the automotive industry with CAVC. On our renowned automotive courses and Apprenticeships training programmes you can train to be an Automotive Engineer and choose to specialise in working with light (eg. cars) or heavy (eg. trucks, buses etc) vehicles, or become a specialist in Body Repair and Refinishing. You will train in our dedicated Automotive Centre and large workshops where you gain practical skills working on vehicles, with industry qualified staff, as well as through work placements in industry.


Most students progress directly into employment in the industry after college in jobs such as Mechanic, Body Repair specialist or Quality Engineer. Some students continue their training with us – taking higher level industry qualifications once in work.


Currently, there are 4,782,000 people employed in the sector and it is indicated to grow (IMI, 2015). Over 74,000 young people began engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships in 2014/15 (Semta, 2015). 41,000 people are employed in UK motorsport – 25,000 of those are engineers (Motorsport Industry Association).


CAVC Automotive students have a great track record for success, representing Wales and winning medals at the prestigious World Skills UK finals.


Take a look at where our Automotive courses might take you, with our Career Pathway progression map!


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Course options

16-18 year olds

If you're aged 16-18 and interested in a career in the Automotive industry then you have the option of a full-time course or an Apprenticeship in this area which includes specialist training in vehicle repair and service, refinishing and body repair and more. With an Apprentceship you can combine training in College with on the job experience in the workplace. 


Develop your career in the industry with part-time courses to hone your skills. We also offer a range of Apprenticeship programmes in Automotive from Level 2 to Level 3 and specialising in areas including Light and Heavy vehicle repair and service, Body Repair and Accident Repair Paint. With an Apprentceship you earn while you learn, spending part of your time honing your skills in College and the rest of your time in the workplace.