How you'll make a difference

As an apprentice, you will make a difference by supporting the team responsible for the service, repair and inspection of all items within the council’s diverse fleet of vehicles and equipment.   You will play a critical role within the team in ensuring the maintenance and testing occurs in a timely and efficient manner, for council vehicles and from associated organisations and external customers.

What will you be doing?

  • You will be working closely and alongside existing qualified mechanics where you will assist them in carrying out mechanical and electrical inspection, maintenance and repair work to a wide range of Council vehicles.  
  • You’ll learn how to carry out MOT test preparation work, defect identification and rectification, routine servicing and inspections.
    In addition you’ll be taught how to deal with repairs and maintenance vehicles of a larger scale such as 26 tonne gritters, tankers, buses, tippers, vans, cars and plant machinery/vehicles.
  • The most challenging aspect of your apprenticeship will be the substantial work that is involved working both indoors and outdoors.  This will involve working with compressed air power tools, working in confined spaces e.g. in an inspection pit under vehicles and climbing ladders/gantries.
  • Throughout your 3 year apprenticeship, we will allocate you a workplace mentor to give you guidance and support in completing your Level 3 Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance technician, which will involve block release learning at City of Bristol College, Parkway Campus, Motor Vehicle Technology Centre at Parkway, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8SF.
Things we need you to know:

All candidates that successfully reach the interview stages will be required to provide a 10 minute presentation as part of the recruitment process.

The salary for this apprenticeship is set at the current (April 2024) Age National Minimum Wage;



Hourly Rate

Annual Salary

Aged 21+



Aged 18-20



Under 18



Working hours are as follows:

08:00 – 16:00 Monday – Thursday
08:00 – 15:30 Friday
The apprenticeship training will consist of class based learning and workplace learning. The programme will start in September 2024.
To successfully complete the apprenticeship you will be required you to complete an end point assessment that consists of a Multiple Choice Examination, Practical Task  Observation and Professional Discussion.
For further detail about this apprenticeship, please download the job description and click on the following link

What we need from you

  • You will ideally hold a minimum of GCSE A*-C (or Grade 4-9) or equivalent qualification in English and Maths or be willing to undertake and gain Functional Skills level 2 in English and Maths as part of the apprenticeship.  
  • You must have the drive and willingness to learn new things and be committed to gaining your qualification.
  • You should have an interest in vehicles and a desire for this to become a career.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We value our staff as individuals, investing in their careers and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps make the greatest long-term difference in work.  
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.
Our teams at South Gloucestershire Council are making a real difference to the lives of people who live, work and learn here.   
  • We're building and shaping communities which people are proud of  
  • We're planning for the future; building and improving the roads, railways, schools, green spaces, and houses.  
  • We’re providing essential services across our communities to ensure they are safe and well maintained.  
  • We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.
We’re making a difference, be part of it!
This is a 3 year Limited Term contract role. This Apprenticeship will start in September 2024 therefore, we are looking for the successful candidate to start employment with us in August 2024 or before.

You will be required to travel on a daily basis to our Broad Lane Depot, Engine Common Lane in Yate office.

Interviews will be face to face and we anticipate for interviews to commence on 11th and 12th June 2024.

For an informal discussion regarding this role please contact, Paul Tudor, Workshop Manager, on [email protected] or 01454 863916.

If you would like to find out more about the Apprenticeship programme, please contact Ashton Yon, Apprenticeship Coordinator, on [email protected] or or 01454864531.

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