Panel Technician Apprentice

Type: Apprentice
Region: London


We have a fantastic opportunity for Panel Technician Apprentice to join our team at Stephen James BMW & MINI.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most prestigious and technologically advanced car manufacturers.


You will be working in a busy BMW/MINI Bodyshop, where you will be responsible for repairing accident damaged motor vehicles to the high standards of the BMW/MINI brand.

During the time spent at your BMW Bodyshop, a mentor will be allocated to oversee the work-based learning programme and you will attend a centralised Bodyshop training facility in Milton Keynes for their off-the-job training. This centre is equipped with BMW Cars and BMW Colour Systems to ensure that apprentices are trained to the highest standards. The Bodyshop Panel apprenticeship is a 3-year programme.

The main duties of the role include:

  • The removal, repair and refitting of panels and components.
  • Welding techniques
  • Panel beating
  • Dent removal
  • Vehicle Damage Assessments


Successful applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • To have good manual dexterity
  • An interest in vehicle repairs automotive vehicles and the automotive industry.
  • To be honest and trustworthy with a willingness to learn
  • A positive attitude and work ethic, with high level of professionalism


Applicants are required to have, or predicted to obtain, GCSE Grade A*-C / 9-4 or Functional Skills Level 2 (or equivalent) in the following subjects:

  • English
  • maths


Successful applicants must be prepared to travel to the body training facility in Milton Keynes to complete their apprenticeship training. Training is completed in one-week blocks approximately once every two-three month. All training costs are covered by the BMW Retailer/Bodyshop (travel, accommodation, and food).

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): 21yrs and over is £11.44 ph, 18yrs to 20yrs is £8.60ph, Under 18yrs is £6.40ph

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, you will be qualified as a Panel Technician Standard Level 3 and IMIAL Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicles


Stephen James Group is an established authorised BMW and MINI franchise which is now part of Hedin Mobility Group a larger private organisation leading in world-class automotive retail and aftermarket services.

Our teams, whether in customer facing roles or our workshop, are amazing – we’re passionate about making Stephen James a simple, easy, and enjoyable place to do business, through a team of people that want to create a great experience for the customer.

Ensuring that we are always recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse mix of colleagues who are representative of our local communities gives us a great opportunity to provide a relatable service from people who are experts in the automotive industry.

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