What does a Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) do?
Our Solus Aviva Vehicle Damage Assessors are able to methodically and accurately inspect and assess all elements of a motor vehicle that has sustained damage and requires repair. Identify which parts of the vehicle should be repaired or replaced, assessing and costing repair of a vehicle producing accurate & detailed repair specifications. A VDA will have an understanding of the manual process of assessing and costing repair of a vehicle, whilst also being able to use the relevant electronic estimating software. They will have knowledge of all types of vehicles including petrol, diesel, electric and hybrid. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with the customer of the damaged vehicle, insurance company and vehicle technicians to discuss the assessment, damage to the vehicle and how it will be repaired.
To become a Solus Aviva Aviva Vehicle Damage Assessor you will need to already hold a level 3 qualification in either Paint, Panel or MET to be accepted onto the program with a view to becoming an elite member of the solus team.
Who is the Training Provider?
Our training is conducted in partnership with Thatcham Research. Thatcham are the organisation responsible in the UK for developing Repair Technologies and setting industry standards. Technical experts working in their fully equipped and ultra-modern Repair Technology Centre produce a wide range of vehicle repair data. This repair data is used by the automotive industry to help facilitate the safe and effective repair of modern cars including electrification and driverless vehicle technologies.
- Top quality training methods, materials and resources
- Technical specialists with industry expertise
- The most advanced repair methods and standards within the industry
- Support from a world-leading vehicle repair technology centre
- Excellent pastoral care.
Who are we looking for?
Our programme is designed to be entered at any stage of your post 16 education or career. To become a Solus Aviva Aviva Vehicle Damage Assessor you will need to already hold a level 3 qualification in either Paint, Panel or MET. Solus will tailor the course to suit your level of ability. All we ask is that you have GCSE Maths and English at C (4) grade or above (or an equivalent) and have a passion for what we do.
What will Solus do to support me while I study?
Our programme is designed to give you support in your career journey where you are recognised for your achievements at every step of the way.
- Solus Automotive Industry Away Days
- Internal and external awards and recognition.
- Placed on a predefined progression plan over the course of your career with salary increases.
- On site mentor
- Access to the latest manufacturer training and technical specialists in the country
In today’s climate of budget cuts and the high cost of tuition, the option of going to university and continuing your education may not be the right choice for everyone and a degree may not necessarily be the requirement for many employers where experience and work-based skills are of more value.
- A chance to earn while you learn • No tuition fees or extra debt • Nationally recognised qualifications • Work experience with a reputable employer • Training in the skills that you need for your job role • Support throughout your learner journey • The opportunity to develop both personally and professionally • Great new experiences and new people • The first step on your career
What could your future look like?