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Work on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units

A specialist tyre operative predominantly works on heavy or commercial vehicles from specially equipped mobile units. During the specialist tyre operative apprenticeship, you’ll carry out both scheduled tyre maintenance and emergency response work across a wide variety of locations, ranging from public highways, motorways and construction sites to docks, military facilities and airports. You’ll develop expertise in using a wide range of machinery, including equipment for specialist tyre fitting and repair, lifting, measuring and diagnosis, and vehicle geometry. The commercial vehicles that you’ll work on are critical to their operators, so planning and managing scheduled maintenance programmes is crucial in fitting in with ongoing business operations. As you’ll often be working alone, you’ll need to have strong organisational skills, be good at problem solving and also be an effective communicator. This is particularly true when making safety recommendations to vehicle owners, as your advice will often have significant cost implications. As well as regular maintenance, you’ll often handle emergency situations.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Engineering

Entry requirements for the specialist tyre operative apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £21,000 per annum

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