Scottish Apprentice Week 2017

Find out about our apprentice programme

Lothian Buses has been running an apprentice training programme for the last ten years.

Launched in 2006, with help from training experts, Aberdeen College, our specialised training programme was designed to offer apprentices a four year course that included Scottish Vocational Qualifications and vehicle specific training.

In the last ten years, we have trained over eighty apprentices in a programme which has been described as among the best in the industry. To date fifty-five of these apprentices are still working for Lothian Buses, with five now holding supervisory roles within our engineering department.

We are fully commited to offering employment to young people and offer good rates of pay, tools, overalls and footwear to all our apprentices.  This commitment is further cemented with the promise of ten new apprenticeship places later this year.

Jim Armstrong, our Engineering Director said:

Our approach to apprentice training focuses on the key objective of future proofing our business. We understand the importance and value of helping develop technical skills amongst our young people to ensure that they go on to have successful careers.

Over the last ten years, Lothian Buses has trained over eighty apprentices and retained over thirty-one young apprentices and twenty-four mature apprentices. Of them, I’m delighted to say, five have progressed their careers and are now in supervisory roles within the engineering department.

We are committed to the success of our Apprenticeships and look forward to welcoming a further ten apprentices later this year.

Kyle McLeod who started as an apprentice with us in 2015 says:

I had been hoping to do a Modern Apprenticeship and was over the moon when I started as an apprentice nearly two years ago. I enjoy what I do here and the people I work with are always ready to help you with whatever you need and show you what to do. It’s been great.

Posted on: Tue, March 07, 2017 at 9:10
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