Apprentice Bus and Coach Technician Swindon bus

Are you wanting to jump start your career? S&B Automotive Academy are recruiting! As a Bus and Coach technician you will inspect, diagnose, repair and test equipment and systems. If you are a 'can-do', enthusiastic, and motivated individual who works well as a team player, this will be a great opportunity for you!

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Closing date: 10 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    08:00 - 16:00 Mon - Thurs, and Friday , 08:00 - 15:00

    Total hours per week: 39.0

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    11 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    16 Jun 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

The successful applicant will be working on a range of busses and coaches while learning their trade to a nationally recognised standard. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and hardworking person to work in the automotive industry. 

Task to be carried out:

·        Understand the fundamentals of existing and emerging mechanical vehicle design and systems

·        Carry out routine mechanical servicing, planned preventative maintenance and “health checks”

·        Carry out routine servicing

·        Inspect, diagnose and repair braking systems

·        Use diagnostic equipment and software to diagnose and rectify located faults on mechanical components

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Training is delivered in the workplace and via seven weekly college training blocks per year at S&B's specialist Automotive Academy in Bristol.

The apprentice will be assigned a workplace mentor and a college mentor who will offer support, advice, and guidance by monitoring progress via a purposely bespoke and developed electronic logbook that all parties can access any time.

Apprentices take a Gateway Assessment at the end of every year to progress until the completion of the End Point Assessment.

The apprentice will be required to travel to S&B's Academy and stay in hotel accommodation. All costs for any public transport (if required) and accommodation including breakfast and a two-course evening meal are met by the employer and there will be no cost to you.

As a result, you will receive the following qualification:

  • Level 3 Bus and Coach Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English (if required)

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

As a company we are committed to providing development and training opportunities to our employees. An apprenticeship is the grounding for your future development and there are lots of opportunities to develop your career.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4/C) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4/C) Desired

Things to consider

The competition for apprenticeship placements is strong so please ensure your application is tailored to the type of apprenticeship you are applying for, pay attention to presentation, spelling and grammar and include any relevant experience, hobbies/interests, or qualifications.

About the employer

Swindon’s Bus Company originally started on 22 September 1904 as Swindon Corporation running trams in the town and continues today with modern environmentally friendly buses as part of the Go South Coast group. The company currently operates 84 buses on local bus services within Swindon and to nearby towns and villages including Blunsdon, Wanborough, Aldbourne, Ramsbury, Hungerford and Marlborough. We also run services out of Marlborough to Avebury, Calne, Great Bedwyn and Hungerford. We run around six million kilometres and carry in the region of eight million passengers per year. The company has 250 staff of which there are 195 drivers, 30 engineering staff with the remainder in supervisory and administration roles.


Swindon bus


Barnfield Road



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Training provider



Yasmine Thomson

Apprenticeship standard

Bus and coach engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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