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Success for Stagecoach North East in National Apprenticeship Awards

16 Oct 2015

Recognition for North East Bus Apprentices at National Awards Ceremony

Four employees from local bus operator Stagecoach North East have been recognised as top apprentices at the company's 11th annual UK Bus Apprentice of the Year Awards at a ceremony at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

From the company’s Sunderland depot, Peter Billyard, 22 from Peterlee and 25-year-old Chris Stobbs from South Hylton in Sunderland were awarded Best Year 1 Depot Vote and Best Year 3 Peer Vote respectively.

Now in his second year of his apprenticeship, Peter was recognised for his efforts, after receiving the highest scores for punctuality, attendance, commitment, enthusiasm, motivation, ability and overall performance following the submission of a report by the depot management team.

Peter said: “I am really pleased with this award and I have learned so much in such a short space of time. The apprentice scheme is brilliant and has increased my skills and focused me towards a career in the transport industry.” 

Chris Stobbs is now in his fourth year of the apprenticeship, and was chosen when all the apprentices in his class voted who they felt best deserved to win an award.

Two apprentices received awards for Best Year End of Block Tests, which are taken from the results of each test they sit at the end of every college block. Winning Year 1 was Joe Cowell, 22 from Linthorpe in Middlesbrough, now on his second year of apprenticeship and is based at the company’s Teesside depot in Stockton-on-Tees.
21-year-old David Burlison from Jarrow is now on his final year of apprenticeship, which he is undertaking at the Walkergate bus depot in Newcastle, and was awarded the Year Three accolade. 

All four winners received a toolkit to add to their expanding toolbox from the various award sponsors. Gary Chisholm, Engineering Director for Stagecoach North East, said: "Peter, Chris, Joe and David are a credit to Stagecoach and thoroughly deserving of these awards. They have excelled themselves and set exceptionally high standards over the past 12 months.

"The Stagecoach apprentice scheme is widely recognised as one of the most comprehensive in the bus industry and it is vital to the future success of our business. We’re delighted to have such skilled people within our ranks. It’s great news, not only for Stagecoach, but also for the millions of passengers who travel on our buses day across the north east each year.”

Stagecoach currently employs 133 apprentices across its UK Bus operations. It offers apprenticeships in mechanical, body repair and electrical engineering which run over four years. They involve a combination of residential and on the job training working towards an apprenticeship in Transporting Engineering Maintenance.

For further information about Stagecoach North East please visit our About us page.