A trainee bus engineer from Sunderland made an impression at a national level in the first year of his apprenticeship after coming second at the 13th annual Stagecoach UK Bus Apprentice of the Year awards.
25-year old Jordan Davison, from Southwick in Sunderland, began his four-year apprenticeship in October last year and has been recognised for his talent, hard work and skills at an awards ceremony at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Jordan, who works at the South Shields depot for local bus operator, Stagecoach North East, received a cheque for £250 for coming second in the Apprentice of the Year (Year 1) category, beating apprentices from all around the county.
Now starting the second year of his apprenticeship, Jordan was rewarded for his efforts, after receiving high scores for punctuality, attendance, commitment, enthusiasm, motivation, ability and overall performance following the submission of a report by the depot management team.
Jordan said: “I was really pleased to come second and wasn’t expecting it at all. All the apprentices from across the country were there and we only found out the results at the ceremony, so I wasn’t expecting to get up in front of everyone! The lads were pleased and especially the engineering director, Gary.”
After his first year as an apprentice, Jordan is now working on more challenging projects such as routine services on buses, with tasks including changing oil and repairing oil leaks and faulty gearboxes, which contribute to his qualification.
Jordan added: “It is great when you understand how something works and there is a real sense of accomplishment when a job is done. I’m now picking up all the terminology and really enjoying working with my hands, making the parts work and cleaning them to such a high standard. It is a good team, where you can have a bit of crack with the lads and everyone is very approachable.”
Jordan also received an award for Best Year End of Block Tests, which are taken from the results of each test he sits at the end of every college block, plus a voucher for £75 for tools.
Also from the company’s Sunderland depot, third year apprentice Peter Billyard, 24 from Peterlee, was awarded Best Depot Vote (Year 3), an award which he also won in 2015 for his first year.
Gary Chisholm, Engineering Director for Stagecoach North East, said: "Jordan and Peter are a credit to Stagecoach and thoroughly deserving of these accolades. 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 across the north east each year.”
Clare Willis, Deputy Stagecoach UK Bus Training and Development Manager (Engineering) says: "The calibre and potential of all of our apprentices continues to grow and each year the judging becomes more difficult. Our winners this year have all worked to an exceptionally high standard and they thoroughly deserve their awards.
"The Stagecoach apprentice scheme is vital to the future success of our business and we are delighted to have such skilled and committed people in our team, playing a vital role in the delivery of high-quality services for millions of passengers who travel on our buses every day.”
Stagecoach currently employs 172 apprentices across its UK Bus operations. The company runs a four-year programme in mechanical / electrical (mechelec) engineering or body work engineering. On successful completion of year three, the apprentice currently receives a Modern Apprenticeship (Scotland) or an Advanced Apprenticeship (England and Wales) in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance, which is graded as a S/NVQ level 3. On successful completion of the fourth year of the programme, the apprentice is accredited as a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry.