Skills Developed include:
Health and safety, legal aspects and organisational requirements
Prepare vehicle panels to accept foundation and top coats
Prepare and apply foundation materials to vehicles
Repair minor vehicle paint defects
Carry out complete vehicle refinishing operations
Mix and match vehicle paint colours
Identify and rectify vehicle paint defects and faults
Types of Garage
Vehicle body repairers/painter work on all types of vehicles ranging from cars and vans to trucks and buses.
The usual way to get started is through an approved Training Programme like an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship.
During your training you will attend a college/training centre one day per week to gain a recognised Qualification. The rest of the time will be spent at your garage gaining basic practical skills and experience.
Where you can work as a Body Repairer/Refinisher
Most body repairers/refinishers work for small local garages or dealerships, or for branches of the big national motor groups. There are some openings for body repairers with firms which have their own transport fleets - bus and coach companies, removal and haulage firms.
Once qualified, experienced mechanics can eventually get jobs as: Foreman/woman, supervisor or manager; sales staff; inspectors and assessors for insurance companies; teaching in colleges of further education etc.
There's also the chance to become self-employed if you have a head for business - running your own garage or specialist firm.