Stagecoach East Scotland Invites Applications for Apprenticeship Schemesteven
Stagecoach East Scotland is inviting budding engineers to apply for a place on this year’s apprenticeship scheme.
The company is offering places on its Bus Engineers’ programme at depots in Perth, Glenrothes and Methil. The course begins in September/ October each year and applications are now being accepted.
The company’s Bus Engineers’ Apprenticeship Programme will help to recruit and train the people who are responsible for maintaining East Scotland fleet of 480 buses and coaches. The posts are critical to the reliable and safe operation of passenger services across Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perthshire.
Stagecoach East Scotland offers two different apprenticeships:
- ‘Mechelec’ – a combined mechanical and electrical qualification
- Body / Coachbuilder
Each programme is four years long with the first three years spent on the job learning in the depot with an allocated mentor to offer help and guidance. It includes attending a specialist training facility in Glasgow on a block release basis. The fourth year of the programme has been specially designed by Stagecoach UK Bus to consolidate technical skills already obtained and is certificated by the Institute of the Motor Industry.
Upon completion of training, successful applicants will be awarded a Modern Apprenticeship in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance and will have the opportunity to become a member of the Society of Operations Engineers.
Stagecoach East Scotland has run the apprenticeship programme for over 30 years and as a result has trained more than 100 apprentices.
Across the Group, there are many former apprentices who now hold senior positions. In fact 3 of our current Engineering Managers in East Scotland, Dave Simpson, Michael Clark and Chris Medine all started out as apprentices. I can say without reservation that this scheme definitely works.”
Stagecoach UK Bus considers all applications regardless of age. The only requirement is that applicants have GCSE grade A – C or 4 and above or Standard Grade 1 – 3 / National 4 or 5 or equivalent in English Language, Maths and a Science.
Anyone wanting to apply for one of the 3 spaces available in East Scotland should visit the Stagecoach UK Bus dedicated recruitment site.