Lothian Buses says it is delighted to introduce a new group of first-year apprentice engineers to its highly-regarded engineering apprentice training programme. The operator welcomed eight new apprentice engineers onto its four-year training course, underpinning its continued investment in bringing through and developing home-grown talent.
Throughout their apprenticeship, the team of trainee engineers will be supported by the company’s Training & Apprentice Manager and wider engineering management team within Lothian’s garages to develop their practical skills through on-the-job training. Engineering Director Colin Barnes said: “At Lothian, we understand the importance and value of helping develop technical skills for our industry. Our apprenticeship programme allows our trainees to draw from the experiences of our dedicated engineering team and receive vital on-the-job training to help ensure their skills are well-rounded.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome another group of apprentices into the business this year and I’m sure they will go on to have successful careers within the company while helping to futureproof Lothian for years to come.”
Through the apprenticeship, apprentices will train in all aspects of bus and coach repair and maintenance including vehicle servicing, MOT preparation, removal, replacement and overhaul of major components and electrical fault diagnostics. Working in partnership with training provider GTG, apprentices are also given opportunities to develop their skill-set at GTG’s training centre and at the end of their training, they will achieve either an SVQ in Bus & Coach Mechanical/Electrical or SCQF Level 6 in Bus & Coach Body Cladding.
In the last 10 years, Lothian has trained over 120 apprentices, with the majority of them still currently working at the company. With the new additions, Lothian now has 24 apprentices in training.