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Calling budding engineers in Oxford

31 May 2017

Calling Oxford's budding engineers!

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire opens applications for its Engineer Apprenticeship Scheme

Two vacancies are available on the company’s four-year apprenticeship programme

Programme is in its 12th year of training engineers of the future

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire is inviting local budding engineers to apply for a place on its company apprenticeship scheme. 

Applications are now open for two vacancies on the Bus Engineers’ programme, starting in September this year.

The Bus Engineers' Apprenticeship Programme will help to recruit and train the people who are responsible for maintaining the Stagecoach fleet of buses and coaches across the county. The posts are critical to the reliability and safe operation of passenger services across Oxfordshire. 

The apprenticeship scheme offers two types of programmes. One focuses on mechanical and electrical aspects while the other looks at body and coach building.

Each programme is four years long with the first three years spent ‘on the job’ - learning in one of the Oxfordshire depots; Oxford, Witney or Banbury with an allocated mentor to offer help and guidance. They will also spend a weeklong workshop focusing on interpersonal skills, planning, coaching, mentoring and communications.

The programme also includes attendance at a specialist training facility in Wolverhampton to further the apprentice’s knowledge and understanding.  

The successful applicants will be offered a fixed term position and a very competitive annual salary starting at £13,800 in year one and increasing to £26,000 by year four. The programme, which has been specially designed by Stagecoach UK Bus, consolidates technical skills already obtained and is certificated by the Institute of the Motor Industry. This involves access to training courses with various manufacturers of bus operating systems as well as those actually building the buses.  

Martin Sutton, Managing Director of Stagecoach in Oxfordshire, says: “Stagecoach UK Bus work to continually develop the programme to ensure that apprentices are as up to date on developing technologies as possible. It’s great that we can offer budding Oxfordshire engineers a chance to kick-start their career with us.”

Upon completion of training, successful applicants will be awarded an Advanced Apprenticeship in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance and will have the opportunity to become a member of the Society of Operations Engineers.

In its 12th year Stagecoach UK Bus has trained more than 450 apprentices with a further 180 underway.

Martin Sutton continues: “The course is specifically designed to be one of the most comprehensive and challenging Apprenticeship Programmes in the bus industry. It is recognised as one of the best schemes, aimed at producing qualified multi skilled technicians to work on increasingly more technologically advanced vehicles.

“The scheme aims to give participants the experience to become future qualified technicians, engineering managers and even directors of the future.”

Clare Willis, Deputy Training & Development Manager (Engineering) at UK Bus said, “We offer one of the best apprenticeship schemes in the bus industry and it is critical to the future success of our company. It’s comprehensive content means at the end of four years we have a highly skilled – and qualified – next generation of engineering talent. I can say without reservation that this scheme definitely works.

Applicants of any age can apply. The only requirement is to 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.

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