Stagecoach and Go-Ahead used National Apprenticeship Week in England to reveal that they will recruit an extra 800 apprentices in 2020

 
Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year

 
Transport groups Stagecoach and Go-Ahead used National Apprenticeship Week in England (February 3-9) to announce plans to scale up their recruitment of apprentices in 2020.

Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator, Stagecoach, will recruit 600 extra apprentices this year, adding to the 550 driver and engineering apprentices it currently employs across its operations in England, Scotland and Wales. By the end of 2020, the group will employ around 1,000 driver apprentices and around 200 engineering apprentices – doubling the number of learners employed.

Apprenticeships bring huge value to our business in terms of talent and diversity

“Apprenticeships bring huge value to our business in terms of talent and diversity,” said Stagecoach chief executive Martin Griffiths. “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.”

Bus and train operator Go-Ahead Group will recruit a record-breaking 1,200 apprentices this year. The 2020 intake will represent a 20% increase on hiring goals for 2019, when the business set a target of bringing in 1,000 apprentices, which it met with eight weeks to spare.

Go-Ahead chief executive David Brown says he is especially proud of the group’s bus driver apprenticeships.

By expanding their recruitment, Stagecoach and Go-Ahead are bucking a nationwide trend – recent figures from the House of Commons library showed that 72,400 fewer people were participating in an apprenticeship in 2018/19 than in 2017/18.

 
This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport

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