Apprenticeship - Body & Paint

Lancaster Training Services Ltd (LTS) offer apprenticeships in Body Repair and Paint Refinishing. However, unlike with the Car and Heavy Vehicle programmes, the Body and Paint qualifications are delivered by our associates at the Blackpool and the Fylde College.

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.

Getting Started                                   

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.