Stagecoach Manchester is looking to recruit six engineering apprentices, who will each specialise in either the bodymaking or the combined mechanical and electrical disciplines.
Applications are now open and can be made at stagecoachbus.com until 31 July 2016. Successful applicants will be invited into a selection process, in which maths, English and mechanical comprehension will be assessed. The final stage will consist of a formal interview with Stagecoach Manchester’s Engineering Director.
The apprenticeships, which will begin in the first week of September, will allow apprentices to earn while they learn, through a mixture of on and off the job training. The Stagecoach Manchester apprenticeship scheme is championed as one of the best in the UK and allows apprentices to work on state of the art vehicles while using the latest technology to assist with diagnosing any faults.
The students will attend GTG College in Glasgow five times a year, for one week at a time, to develop theoretical knowledge needed. After the three year programme, apprentices will gain an NVQ and will then complete a final improver year, and then graduate from the scheme.
All applicants need to have a minimum requirement of GCSE grades A-C in English, maths and science. Any previous experience of working in an engineering environment is also welcomed.
Stagecoach Manchester managing director, Christopher Bowles said: “Our apprenticeship scheme is one of the best available in the UK for aspiring engineers and students on the programme will benefit from extensive practical and theoretical tuition. Apprentices will also learn from a mentor who will pass on knowledge, hints and tips accumulated through many years of working in the industry.
“Our scheme has produced some very talented engineers in the past and we’d like to tap into the talent in the local area once more, so we can help develop the potential mechanics and bodywork specialists of the future.”
Laureano Riveros, who has now completed the engineering apprenticeship, said: “Spending time with a qualified engineer five days a week is what contributes the most to your learning. This allows you to be taught how the job should be done before putting what you’ve learnt into practice.
“This apprenticeship has been a great way for me to gain important life skills and I’ve also been able to learn a trade and begin a career with good future prospects. I’d definitely recommend the apprenticeship.”