Stagecoach apprentices in the North East . . .
Stagecoach North East has taken on five apprentices to train at its depots in Newcastle, Teesside, South Shields and Sunderland. The four year program involves a combination of residential training undertaking the Technical Certificate in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance and on the job training at a local depot. The trainees will learn all aspects of vehicle maintenance through their workshop experience, preparing vehicles for the road, conducting MOTs and making repairs. As part of the training, every apprentice is guided by a nominated mentor from the company. On successful completion, they will be awarded an Apprenticeship in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance qualification and will then have the opportunity to become a licensed member of IRTEC (The Institute of Road Transport Engineers).
. . . and Scotland
Stagecoach has employed a group of new apprentices in its UK Bus division through a partnership initiative with The Prince’s Trust. The group, who were previously unemployed, were offered apprenticeships after taking part in The Prince’s Trust ‘Get into’ programme, which involved a three week training period at GTG Training in Glasgow. Seven of the young people then attended ten days of work experience with Stagecoach West Scotland. There are up to seven places on the operator’s bus engineering apprentice scheme, with five already having taken up their posts in the west of Scotland. The four year apprenticeships are designed to set the group up for a future career in the bus industry as engineers with Stagecoach.
Stagecoach Group Chief Executive, Martin Griffiths, said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to welcome our new apprentices into the company. We offer one of the best apprenticeship schemes in the bus industry and we hope it will be the start of a rewarding new career for this group of employees. The Prince’s Trust makes a huge difference to people who may have been through some tough times earlier in life and we are proud to join the important work they do to help give people opportunities for a better future.’