22 May 2017
Stagecoach in South Wales is inviting budding engineers to apply for a place on this year’s apprenticeship scheme.
The company is offering places on its Bus Engineers’ programme at Porth depot. The course begins in September/ October each year and applications are being accepted between now and Friday 2nd June 2017.
The company’s Bus Engineers' Apprenticeship Programme will help to recruit and train the people who are responsible for maintaining South Wales’ fleet of 380 of buses and coaches. The posts are critical to the reliable and safe operation of passenger services across South Wales.
Stagecoach in South Wales offers two different apprenticeships:
Each programme is four years long with the first three years spent on the job learning in the depot with an allocated mentor to offer help and guidance. It includes attending a specialist training facility in Wolverhampton on a block release basis. The fourth year of the programme has been specially designed by Stagecoach UK Bus to consolidate technical skills already obtained and is certificated by the Institute of the Motor Industry.
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.
Stagecoach in South Wales has run the apprenticeship programme for 20 years and as a result has trained more than over 35 apprentices. Lloyd Thomas, one successful graduate of the scheme, was invited to join the team on completion of their course in 2009. Lloyd 29, said:
Lloyd Thomas 29, Engineering Foreman, Blackwood Depot:
“I became a Mechanical Apprentice in 2005. I always wanted a career, particularly in Engineering. I wanted to learn a trade to provide me with good prospects and job security for the future. I saw Stagecoach as an opportunity to gain skills whilst working for a professional, well renowned, international company. It was a bit daunting at first but the training i have received has been first class and I am still learning. All of my colleagues, Managers and supervisors supported and encouraged me through my apprenticeship. As a result, I achieved the ‘Apprentice of the year’ award 3 times in 1st place and soon after completing my apprenticeship, I gained a place on the Engineering Management Programme. I am now Engineering Foreman in Blackwood Depot. The Stagecoach Apprenticeship Programme has given me a solid foundation for my career, the chance to progress and a job for life. I would recommend anyone wanting a career in Engineering to apply.”
Stagecoach in South Wales Engineering Director Peter Henry said:” Lloyd Thomas is a fantastic success story and a great advocate for our apprenticeship programme. He has worked hard and taken every opportunity offered to him. He now has a great career and we’re proud that he’s part of the Stagecoach family.”
Peter 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.
Stagecoach UK Bus considers all applications regardless of age. The only requirement is that applicants 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.