Apprentice Bus and Coach Technician Salisbury Reds

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: 28 Feb 2024

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

    01 Mar 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

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

The training you will be getting

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 to expect at the end of your 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

Salisbury Reds has a proud heritage that can be traced back to 1915 when Wilts & Dorset ran its very first bus service between Salisbury & Amesbury. The company soon established a reputation for high quality bus and coach services in Wiltshire. With our head office based in Salisbury, our current routes cover this area as well as Swindon, Amesbury, Andover, Devizes, Fordingbridge and more. We operate five park and ride sites around the city centre and two of the sites are operated with our first electric zero emission buses helping to keep this historic market town on the move. 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.


Salisbury Reds


152-156 Castle Street



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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Yasmine Thomson

Apprenticeship standard

Bus and coach engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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