Bus company taking on hundreds of apprentices
A leading bus and coach company is looking to take on 600 extra apprentices during 2020.
Stagecoach – which currently employs a total of around 550 driver and engineering apprentices across the UK – made the pledge during National Apprenticeship Week.
By the end of 2020, Stagecoach will employ around 1,000 driver apprentices and around 200 engineering apprentices.
Stagecoach Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: "Our people are fundamental to ensuring we keep communities across the country connected.
"Apprenticeships bring huge value to our business in terms of talent and diversity.
“Whether you're a school leaver or somebody who wants a change of career, an apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity to earn while you learn and kickstart your career in the transport industry."
Caroline Crozier, a former school teaching assistant who joined Stagecoach in Walkergate depot in March 2018, is among the first to have completed the bus driver apprenticeship.
She said: "I wanted a complete change of career and the bus driver apprenticeship programme with Stagecoach came up.
“It’s a great programme, you get support from your peers and assessors all the way through which is really helpful, and the on-the-job learning really helps you get to grips with everything easily and quickly.
“I really enjoy being a bus driver and would recommend the apprenticeship and a bus driving career to anybody.”
For more on the bus driver apprenticeship programme visit https://learning-employment.com/apprentices/transport-apprenticeships/stagecoach-bus-drive-apprenticeship/
Further details on engineering apprenticeships are available at: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/national/apprenticeship-schemes-with-stagecoach-bus