Calling All Wannabe Engineers: Stagecoach Manchester Wants Apprentices

Stagecoach uses National Apprenticeship Week to launch apprenticeships for 2018 intake

Meet Lucy Clarke: Lucy is a Second Year Apprentice with Stagecoach Manchester. She prefers ‘on-the-job’ training to classroom based learning. In future years, Ms. Clarke could follow in the footsteps of Elisabeth Tasker, Stagecoach Manchester’s present Managing Director.

For 2018’s National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 9th March), Stagecoach Manchester is calling for budding engineers to apply for a place on this year’s apprenticeship scheme. The company is offering places on its Engineering Apprenticeship programme at each of its six Manchester depots in Middleton, Ashton, Hyde Road, Stockport, Sharston and Wigan.

The course begins in September each year and applications are now being accepted up until the 30 March 2018.

Stagecoach Manchester has a fleet of over 750 buses which carry over 109 million passengers per year. The company’s apprenticeship scheme has two apprenticeship programmes: Mechelec (mechanical and electrical engineering); and Bodywork/Coachbuilder.

Each programme is four years long. The first three years are spent in the apprentice’s local depot with an allocated mentor who will offer help and guidance. It also includes attendance at a specialist training facility in Glasgow on a block release basis.

The fourth year of the programme has been specially designed by Stagecoach to consolidate technical skills already obtained and is certificated by the Institute of the Motor Industry. On 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.

Lucy Clarke, a current second year apprentice with Stagecoach Manchester said: “Getting hands on in the depot suits my learning style so much more than studying in a classroom, no two days are the same so it keeps you on your toes. I feel a real sense of achievement when we solve a technical problem with the mechanics of the bus.”

Elisabeth Tasker, managing director at Stagecoach Manchester said: “We offer one of the best apprenticeship schemes in the bus industry and is a great way for people to develop state-of-the-art technical skills and to train for a secure future as an engineer. Many of our apprentices have gone on to managerial roles and play an integral role in the running of our company.

“Lucy is a fantastic success story and a great advocate for our apprenticeship programme and I have no doubt she has a successful career ahead of her with Stagecoach Manchester.”

Wheely Good: Stagecoach Manchester’s apprenticeship is a must for wannabe bus technicians.

Stagecoach Manchester considers all applications regardless of age. All applicants should have four or more A* – C GCSE grades (or standard Grade 1 – 3 / National 4 or 5 or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and a Science.

If you know someone who wants to apply for an apprenticeship – or you wish to apply for one yourself, go to Stagecoach’s dedicated recruitment site. The closing date is 30 March 2018 (Good Friday).

An EM60 Presentation, 06 March 2018.

Images courtesy of Tangerine PR Ltd, 2018.


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