Bus company welcomes new apprentices

Stagecoach Yorkshire has welcomed five new faces to its apprenticeship scheme. ''Caption: (L-R) James Hammond, Sam Harris, Ashton Bywater (at the back), Alex Littlewood and Greg Powell
Stagecoach Yorkshire has welcomed five new faces to its apprenticeship scheme. ''Caption: (L-R) James Hammond, Sam Harris, Ashton Bywater (at the back), Alex Littlewood and Greg Powell
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A bus company has welcomed five new faces to its apprenticeship scheme.

Stagecoach Yorkshire’s Chesterfield depot has seen Sam Harris, 19, from the town join the team as an apprentice auto-electrician and 20-year-old Greg Powell of Mansfield who is training to be a mechanical engineer.

Alex Littlewood, 18, from Silkston Common, Barnsley will be working at the bus operator’s Barnsley depot during his training as an auto-electrician, while 18-year-old Ashton Bywater from Royston, Barnsley will be learning to be a mechanical engineer.

And James Hammond, 21, from Ecclesfield, Sheffield, will be training to become a mechanical engineer while based at Stagecoach’s Ecclesfield depot.

Stagecoach’s four-year apprenticeship scheme also includes off the job training which will see the five new faces learning on site at the S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol on a block release basis during the first three years.

Stagecoach Engineering Director Joe Gilchrist oversaw and managed the company’s rigorous testing and interview process which all successful apprentice applicants must pass.

He said: “Stagecoach Yorkshire’s apprentices demonstrate our commitment to investing in the skilled labour force of the future. The scheme offers the young people involved the opportunity to learn practical skills firsthand and we’re delighted to welcome all five new faces to the Stagecoach team.”