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20 Sep 2019
The 2019 awards were held in Manchester and apprentices representing various depots across East Scotland attended, picking up 7 awards for their outstanding performance.
The overall Apprentice of the Year award was won by first year apprentice, Jordan Stewart from Perth depot. Additionally, he also won awards for the Best Depot vote for his year and most voted for by his peers.
Also scooping three awards, Alex Keir from Stagecoach East Scotland’s Arbroath depot was runner up for the Apprentice of the Year award, won first place for the College Tutor vote award for Scotland and also won a special recognition award, a trip to the Brands Hatch, where he will get the chance to work within the pit crew of the British Truck Racing Championships.
Second year apprentice Mitchell Bayne from Stagecoach East Scotland’s Aberhill depot also won the Best Depot vote for his year.
Dave Stewart, Engineering Director for Stagecoach East Scotland said: “It’s fantastic to see how hard our apprentices have worked throughout the past year. Our winners certainly deserve their awards and we’re very proud of all of them.
“Our apprenticeship scheme is critical to the future success of our business. The quality of our apprentice recruitment has been really high and we hope that our apprentices continue to uphold that same high standard.”
Stagecoach run a four year programme for apprentices. Apprentices can join the schemes at a number of UK locations, starting in August or September each year. The first three years are spent learning in the depot and attending a specialist training college in either Wolverhampton or Glasgow (depending on home location). At the end of the first three years, apprentices gain their Advanced Apprenticeship (or Modern Apprenticeship in Scotland) in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance.
The fourth year of the programme has been specially designed by Stagecoach UK Bus. It is approved and certificated by the Institute of the Motor Industry. During the course, apprentices continue to develop the skills they’ve already learned by attending in-house courses and manufacturer's technical courses.
During their apprenticeship, they are paired with a fully trained mentor to guide them through the programme.
Stagecoach East Scotland currently employs 14 apprentices across the region.