A Lanarkshire mechanic has told of the successful start to her career thanks to her enjoyable time on First Bus’s apprenticeship programme.
The travel company is using National Apprenticeship Week 2022 to highlight some local success stories of people who have thrived since getting on board with the firm.
They say everyone who joins the First Bus Engineering Apprenticeship program is given the opportunity to gain expertise in cutting-edge transport green technology and working on a range of state-of-the-art vehicles as it continues its mission to move towards a zero- emission fleet.
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Erin Hind, who completed her four-year apprenticeship in June 2021, now works as a Nightshift Mechanic in the company’s Blantyre depot,
She told Lanarkshire Live: “I started my apprenticeship when I was 16 and it was great.
“You got to learn alongside some great people and earned a living at the same time.
“Everyone at First Bus is so helpful and they really look after the apprentices.
“The vast majority of people who started their apprenticeship in the same year as me have continued into a full time job which shows just how much we all enjoyed being part of it.
“I own a home, have a good car, I really enjoy my job and the people are great. It gave me a great start to my career.”
In June 2021, First Glasgow’s Caledonia depot received delivery of 22 EV buses as it began its move towards a zero-emission fleet.
It is expected a further 126 buses will be delivered and in service across the remainder of 2022, with the order complete by Spring 2023.
First Bus are promoting a range of apprenticeships to people of all ages.
The company partnered with Reaseheath College in Nantwich to establish the UK’s first bus and coach engineering academy delivering tailored training to First Bus apprentice engineering technicians in the maintenance of next generation, zero-emission transport vehicles.
First Bus head of learning and development Hansi Jackson said: “Apprentices are the future of our business; they enable us to bring in a wealth of talent and skills and help us to shape the future of the business alongside skilled colleagues.
“They work together to learn from one another, to share ideas and innovate, without them we wouldn’t be able to support our bigger, better strategy of attracting and retaining talent and growing future skills we know the industry will need.”
Another apprentice, Lewis Currie, who is based at First Glasgow’s Scotstoun depot and in the third year of his engineering apprenticeship, spoke highly of his time on the programme.
He said: “I’ve always liked being able to work with my hands, take things apart and fix stuff.
“At First Bus, the apprenticeship allows you to earn a wage while you learn your trade which was exactly what I was looking for.”
For more information on the apprenticeships offered by First Bus and for details on how to apply, visit their website here.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.