Apprenticeship - Bus & Coach Engineering Technician (Electrical) ENSIGN BUS COMPANY LIMITED

Are you wanting to start your career in the Automotive Industry? S&B Automotive Academy are recruiting on behalf of Ensign Bus Company Ltd who are recruiting Bus & Coach Engineering Apprentices that will study towards the Electrical specific roles and gain exposure by working alongside a highly skilled workforce that is committed to quality.

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Closing date: 29 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday – Friday 07.30am – 15.30pm Lunch Break - 30 mins

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    30 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    24 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful applicant will support the maintenance and servicing requirements of the Ensign Bus Company Ltd fleet of busses while learning and developing their trade to a nationally recognised qualification.
The apprentice will be enrolled onto the Bus & Coach EngineeringTechnician Apprenticeship and will develop an understanding of the core fundamental understanding of mechanical elements to enable an apprentice to inspect and prepare a vehicle to DVSA standards to successfully achieve the requirements of the End Point Assessment before specialising in the Electrical route.
The successful candidate can expect to carry out the following duties:

Core fundamental duties:

  • Carry out common mechanical and electrical workshop tasks, practices and procedures relating to working on vehicles and components including: the safe use of hand tools and powertools, workshop equipment, gauges, measuring and testing equipment
    Inspect and prepare a vehicle to the required company and DVSA standards
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop and adhere to company and legislative processes
  • Use current and emerging technology to access specific relevant information held within engineering manuals, drawings, and electronic resources
  • Carry out planned preventative maintenance and repairs
  • Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturers and company procedures
  • Investigate defects reported by drivers and identify the root cause and eliminate recurring defects, relevant to chosen trade.
  • Maintain records to company and Operators Licence obligations and regulations

Electrical Specific Duties:

  • Understand the fundamentals of existing and emerging electrical design and systems
  • Carry out routine electrical servicing and planned maintenance, inspect, diagnose, and repair electrical circuits and wiring
  • Interrogate wiring diagrams.
  • Identify components, current flow,and circuit protection
  • Inspect, diagnose, and repair electrical charging systems and electrical power storage devices and systems
  • Inspect, diagnose, and repair electrical charging systems,battery storage and electrical drive systems
  • Inspect, diagnose, and repair engine, transmission and other vehicle control management systems
  • Inspect, diagnose, and repair on board auxiliary systems.
  • Inspect, diagnose and repair electronic, digital and programmable control systems
  • Use diagnostic equipment and software to check Multiplexcontrol systems and rectify component system faults

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and hardworkingperson to kickstart their career in the Automotive Industry.

The training you will be getting

Training is delivered in the workplace and via eight 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 travel 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 (Electrical)Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths & English (if required)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

As a company Ensign Bus Company Ltd 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, Problem solving skills, Team working, Initiative


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

Ensignbus has been in business for 50 years and during those years we've sold over 20,000 buses to nearly 100 countries, undertaken around 25,000 MOT tests, converted over 1,000 buses to open top, undertaken over 5,000 single door conversions, operated on three continents and carried tens of millions of passengers on local service and sightseeing buses. We are an award winning business with 50 years experience in Bus Sales, Service Work, Sightseeing Tours, Bus Conversions and Restorations. Ensignbus was formed in 1972, since which time it has been involved in many aspects of the bus industry. In the early days a number of small contracts were operated for people such as the Port of London Authority and Lesney the toy manufactures. These small operations however became secondary to the role which Ensign has today made its own, that of buying and selling high quality used buses and coaches.




The Rifle Range Juliette Close

Purfleet Industrial Park

Aveley South Ockendon

RM15 4YF

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Training provider


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


David Watts

07852 344 136

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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