Automotive

The automotive industry is moving forward at a rapid pace. Electric and hybrid cars are becoming more and more popular, and self-driving vehicles could be just a few years away.

If you love tinkering with cars and are never happier than when you’re wearing overalls and figuring out how things work, a career in the automotive industry could be just around the corner. Most households have at least one car these days, and many sectors rely on service vehicles. So there’s an ever increasing demand for skilled mechanics, fitters, managers and technicians.

There’s never been a more exciting time to get started in the industry so where better to start your journey than at The Manchester College – the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for achievement*.

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  • Our Automotive courses are designed to help you kick-start your journey to a career in this exciting industry whether you’re interested in auto electrics, accident repair, maintenance and repair or vehicle fitting. You don’t need to have any previous experience for our entry-level courses, just a desire to learn.

    You’ll join our Centre of Excellence for Automotive when you enrol on any of our courses from Entry Level to Level 3. This will give you access to a range of employability activities including work related activities such as visits from employers and masterclasses from leading automotive brands alongside your studies.

    If you’ve obtained the necessary entry requirements during your time in our Centre of Excellence or prior to joining us, you may have the opportunity to progress into our Industry Excellence Academy for Automotive.

    As part of our Industry Excellence Academy, you’ll study qualifications that have been co-developed with employers such as Tetrosyl, Wynns or Moffatts Motor Accessories and you’ll receive an industry placement with these employers of at least 15 days.

  • At The Manchester College, you’ll train with tutors who love cars as much as you do. Not only are they ready to share their skills with you, they’re also willing to use their industry connections to find you a crucial work placement.

    Ayub Moosa - Head of Department

    Ayub took over as Head of Automotive in October 2016. He has 12 years’ management experience in the automotive industry and specialises in German engineering, including for Volkswagen and BMW. Ayub still has close ties to the industry, and is an MOT tester for VOSA DVSA.

    Ayub has a particular interest in helping students (whatever their age) to find a job they love in the automotive sector. With this aim in mind, he makes sure that our courses meet the requirements of local and national employers. He works closely with companies to identify skills gaps, which our courses can then fill. Ayub also built an automotive hub in Lancashire to identify local talent.  

    Steve Short - Tutor

    Steve’s background is in building and restoring vintage and veteran vehicles, and he used his skills to land jobs in both the UK and the USA. Steve has now worked at the college for 13 years. Over that time, he’s delivered a range of courses for young people and adults, but he specialises in vehicle body repair, paint refinishing, welding and fabrication.

    Ibrahim Patel - Tutor

    Ibrahim is a BMW specialist and has been an Automotive tutor for the last six years. He’s well connected within the industry, and has helped former students to find jobs with some of the leading car brands, including McLaren and Rolls Royce.

  • By enrolling on an Automotive course at our Openshaw or Wythenshawe campus, you’ll be giving yourself the opportunity to benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities and industry standard, professional equipment.

    You’ll train on real vehicles in one of our specialist automotive training centres and explore the latest technological innovations. You’ll even have access to our bespoke auto-electrical lab – something that only a handful of other colleges can offer you.

  • Find out even more about our Automotive department in our subject area guide:

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  • Whether you're having second thoughts about where you're currently studying or you've not yet decided what to do next, there are still places available at the No.1 College in Greater Manchester.

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Available Courses

Industry Excellence Academy L2 Dip Auto Electrical & Mobile Electrical Principles sponsored by Wynns

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Industry Excellence Academy L2 Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles sponsored by Moffats

Level 2

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Industry Excellence Academy L2 Vehicle Accident Repair - Multi-Skill sponsored by Tetrosyl

Level 2

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Top Careers Opportunities

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Motor Vehicle Mechanic

Average salary: £25k

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Automotive Service Manager

Average salary: £38k

Vehicle technicians, mechanics & electricians

Average salary: £24k

Vehicle paint technician

Average salary: £22k

Luke Young

I would definitely recommend The Manchester College. They have given me direction and support through practical training and work placement opportunities, so now I feel more confident in achieving goals I’ve set for the future.

Luke Young • Motor Vehicle Studies

In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.

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