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Stagecoach South Celebrates Apprenticeships

11 Feb 2022


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(L-R) Stagecoach Operations Director Gordon Frost, The Worshipful The Mayor Councillor Mark Cooper, Apprentice Ryan Goodridge, Operations Manager for Andover Mark Jackson and Realise Training and Development Officer Steve Barlow.



Stagecoach South are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by show casing its bus driving apprenticeships. Stagecoach work with training provider Realise on delivering their bus driving apprenticeships. Realise deliver apprenticeships, adult learning courses and development programmes across the country.

The bus driving apprenticeship programme is conducted over 14 months and covers driving license training, national driver training programme and mentoring.  Bus driving apprentices have 10 workshops to attend with their Training and Development Officer to help develop knowledge, skills and behaviours required for their future role as a bus driver. The workshops range from accident prevention, having good safety conversations, technical problem solving, legal compliance and driving and decision making.

Three additional workshops are provided to prepare apprentices for their end point assessment where they are observed in service and had a professional review.

We’re celebrating Ryan Goodridge who has recently completed his bus driving apprenticeship in Andover.

Ryan said “I’m so pleased to have completed the apprenticeship programme; it really does give you a great background and understanding of the role and business to start your career off in the industry”.

Operations Director for Stagecoach South Gordon Frost said: “The Stagecoach bus driving apprenticeship is a great programme, and a direction that many may not have thought of pursuing when thinking about their career choices.

“The programme covers every aspect of the driving role, from customer service to understanding legal compliance, route planning and of course putting apprentices through their CPC licence training.”

“As you can see with our current apprentices, the programme is open to everyone and we encourage people to take a look at our current opportunities and join us, it’s a great way of getting into the industry and there are plenty of chances on progressing throughout the business.”

More information on Stagecoach apprenticeships can be found online at