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16 May 2017
Stagecoach Yorkshire invites budding engineers to apply for apprenticeship scheme
Stagecoach Yorkshire 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 their Holbrook depot in Sheffield and Chesterfield. The course begins in September / October each year and applications are being accepted between now and 30 June.
The company’s Bus Engineers' Apprenticeship Programme will help to recruit and train the people who are responsible for maintaining Stagecoach Yorkshire’s fleet of 364 buses and coaches. The posts are critical to the reliable and safe operation of passenger services across Yorkshire.
Stagecoach Yorkshire is currently offering apprenticeships in 'Mechelec' - a combined mechanical and electrical qualification.
The 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 Yorkshire has run the apprenticeship programme for 10 years and, as a result, has trained more than 25 apprentices.
Sam Harris, 24, one successful graduate of the scheme, was invited to join the team on completion of his course in 2015. Sam was also awarded the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award by Stagecoach on each of the three years he was studying.
Sam, now an auto electrician at Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “I started my apprenticeship with Stagecoach in 2013 because it fit perfectly into what I was already interested in.
“I’ve always had a fascination with electronics and electrical theory, so becoming an auto-electrician is more than just a job role to me – it’s something I really enjoy.
“Throughout my apprenticeship, Stagecoach offered me a lot of support; from a mentor who helped me through my training, to periodic ‘apprentice reviews’ where management could monitor my work and see how I was progressing.
“My current role as auto electrician involves a lot of electrical mechanics for the fleet, with responsibilities including service repairs, breakdowns, MOT preparation work, electrical modifications and designs.
“Going forward, I intend to become both Mains and Hybrid certified – I want to learn as much as I can, while I can. My ultimate aim is to teach what I’ve learnt through my apprenticeship to future generations.
“My main piece of advice for anyone considering an apprenticeship with Stagecoach Yorkshire would be to simply be interested in the area you’re applying for – you’ll listen more, learn more, work harder, and have a lot more fun doing it.”
Stagecoach Yorkshire Engineering Director Dave Heptinstall said: “Sam Harris 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 ahead of him and we’re proud that he’s part of the Stagecoach family.
“We offer one of the best apprenticeship schemes in the bus industry and it is critical to the future success of our company. Its comprehensive content means at the end of four years we have a highly skilled – and qualified – next generation of engineering talent.
“Across the Group, there are former apprentices who now hold senior positions. In fact, I started life as an apprentice. I can say without reservation that this scheme definitely works.”
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.Anyone wanting to apply should visit the Stagecoach UK Bus dedicated recruitment site. Closing date is 30 June 2017.