New Apprenticeship Programme
Stagecoach has become the first UK bus operator to work with IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) in developing the engineers of the future.
The agreement comes as part of a major investment from the Perth-based company in its UK Bus Apprenticeship Programme to further boost competence and ability amongst PCV technicians. Stagecoach Deputy Training and Development Manager, Dorothy Hermiston, met with IRTE Chief Exec Nick Jones (pictured above) at IRTE Head Office in London to outline the company’s commitment to apprentices and engineers. Stagecoach has agreed to pay for a year’s IRTE membership for all apprentices who graduate from its four-year advanced Apprenticeship Programme. Similarly, the operator will also cover the costs of professional registration, so the new engineers will also receive official Engineering Council EngTech (Engineering Technician) status. IRTE is a professional membership organisation with over six decades of experience in road transport. IRTE is a huge supporter of apprenticeships and is committed to developing the careers of members, as well as benefitting engineering professionals worldwide. As members, Stagecoach’s graduate apprentices will receive on-going training support as well as the opportunity to continue their development through further study. Stagecoach’s Advanced Apprentice course, which is delivered by IRTE Academic Partner, S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol, has been accredited to meet official Engineering Council Engineering Technician (EngTech) standards by IRTE. Nick Jones said: “Stagecoach is demonstrating how much value they place on their engineering apprentices. Engineers are at the core of any operators’ success, and Stagecoach’s investment in the skill and competence of their engineers is a huge boost to the company’s engineering capability, which ultimately benefits their customers. I am delighted IRTE can play a part in their success.” Stagecoach Deputy Training and Develoment Manager, Dorothy Hermiston added: “Stagecoach’s Apprenticeship Programme is widely recognised as one of the most comprehensive and challenging in the bus industry. It is specifically designed to produce qualified multi-skilled technicians to work on increasingly more technologically advanced vehicles and we are very pleased to be working with the IRTE to continue to produce the engineers of the future.” Further details are available at