When cars, vans, motorcycles and larger vehicles are damaged in accidents, they are taken to a body repair workshop. Some repairers will complete the process from start to finish and others will have specialised roles and work on one part of the repair process.
Panel Technicians, also known as Panel Beaters or Body Repair Technicians, specialise in repairing or replacing damaged panels. As a Panel Technician you will need to demonstrate strong communication skills, the ability to work alone and as part of a team, the ability to maintain quality under pressure and an awareness of safety procedures.
Working hours and salary
You will normally work from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday; however, you may be able to work overtime in the evenings and at weekends. You will usually work indoors in workshops or body shops and you will be expected to wear safety clothing when using specialised equipment and carrying out tasks such as welding.
As an apprentice Body Repair Technician, you will earn at least the apprentice national minimum wage. Once you are qualified you may expect to earn £19,000 or more and an experienced Body Repair Technician can earn over £30,000.
Body Repair Technician apprentices will work toward their level 2 qualifications and will then progress to level 3. The level 2 will take 18 months and the level 3 a further 12 months. Once qualified at level 3 there are opportunities to gain further experience through equipment manufacturer courses and to progress into management positions for those who demonstrate that potential.