Job opportunities in the bus, coach and HGV sectors are set to be made more accessible for youngsters following the launch of the third phase of the government’s apprenticeship Trailblazers scheme. Employers from over 50 transport and mobility companies across the UK have successfully applied to join more than 36 other sectors in delivering the next stage of the training programme. Participating companies include a mix of regional and national operators such as Arriva, Reading Buses and Stagecoach. This third phase will bring the total number of employers involved in designing apprenticeships as part of the Trailblazers project to over 1,000.

Engineering Development Manager from Arriva UK Bus, Lloyd Mason, led the sector working group. He said, ‘I am pleased that our application to develop new standards for bus, coach and heavy goods vehicle engineering maintenance and engineering manager apprenticeships was accepted for the third phase of Trailblazers. The scheme plays a key role in replacing complex apprenticeship frameworks with short, simple, accessible standards written by employers in language they understand. The team of employers from the bus, coach and HGV sector will enjoy working with stakeholders to develop new standards that will undoubtedly deliver best in class apprenticeships. With the planned changes to funding, Trailblazers places employers firmly back in the driving seat. I would urge employers to get involved with developing standards in their sector or risk working to someone else’s plan.’

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