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Get your career into gear with a Motor Vehicle course at College

“The motoring event of the year”, The London Motor Show, is currently on from 4-7 May at Battersea Park, London. If you’re a budding mechanic or a bit of a petrolhead, you can get your fix a little closer to home at Bedford College’s Vehicle Technology Centre with our range of Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) courses.

You’ll be right at home here in Kempston, with engine and repair bays, paint mix and spray rooms and a body repair area. Your classrooms for the theory lessons and student common room are all on site too, so you’ll have everything you need in one place.

It’s been a busy few months with our Paint students laying down old school hot rod flames for the first time (video on Facebook below) and our Maintenance students getting stuck into some manual gearboxes and working out gear ratios and baulk ring clearances.  Level 3 student Tamara, says: We usually get a car each to work on and the tutors teach in a very interactive way. For example, they might bring a part of an engine into a theory lesson to help explain something technical.”

All of our tutors have worked in garages during their careers and will teach you techniques that are likely to become compulsory in the future, such as working on electric cars.

You’ll also benefit from professional links with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) as well as major employers in the area to keep abreast of industry changes. Vauxhall Motors donated a number of ex-trial vehicles to us to help students test their diagnostic skills on the very latest technology.

And we also go on trips! We’ve visited Santa Pod to watch drag racing and often have visiting speakers come in to talk to us about the motor vehicle industry, including the HGV division of John Lewis.

Working in this vast and vital industry means you could find yourself repairing and maintaining prestige vehicles, rescuing someone from a breakdown, re-spraying the wing of a car, or assessing the damage after an accident for an insurance claim.

Cars are an essential item for the majority of households and businesses, so career prospects are good; 82% of our Motor Vehicle students go straight into employment or an apprenticeship. Some have become apprentices with Vauxhall where they have had great experiences including being a member of a pit crew on the annual VXR Power Event and servicing and preparing an ambulance for a 10,000 mile charity drive to Mongolia.

If you have a passion for cars, mechanical, electrical and electronic systems, a motor vehicle course could be for you.

To find out more about our Motor Vehicle study programmes, apprenticeships and part-time courses visit www.bedford.ac.uk/motor or 'Like' us on Facebook below...

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