Bus and Coach Engineering Technician (Electrical) Apprenticeship RATP Dev Transit London

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

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Apprentice - 2nd Year - £27,514.50 Apprentice - 3rd Year - £30,654.00

  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, 7.00am - 3.00pm

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    22 Jul 2024

  • Date posted

    29 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

The successful applicant will support the maintenance and servicing requirements of the RATP Dev Transit fleet of busses while learning and developing their trade to a nationally recognised qualification.

The apprentice will be enrolled onto the Bus & Coach Engineering Technician 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 power tools, 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 Multiplex control systems and rectify component system faults

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

RATP Dev Transit London host 10 operational bases, to support the apprentices training, learning and development the apprentices will rotate across a combination of the depots throughout the apprenticeship programme:

  • Hounslow (TW3), Hounslow Heath (TW4), Fulwell (TW2), Shepherds Bush (W12), Stamford Brook (W4), Park Royal (NW10), Tolworth (KT5), Edgware (HA8), Harrow (HA1) and Westbourne Park (W9).

This rotation is to develop the apprentices electrical skills within different teams and types of operations. To support this, RATP Dev Transit London provides free travel passes.

The training you will be getting

S&B Automotive Academy is a specialist apprenticeship training provider located in Bedminster, Bristol. The apprentice will work in London United's technical workshop to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to Bus and Coach Engineering Technician (Electrical Route) Apprenticeship Standard.

  • The apprentice will be required to commute to S&B’s Academy to attend 8 weekly training blocks a year throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
  • Apprentices are assigned a workplace mentor and a college development coach who will offer support, advice, and guidance by monitoring progress using S&B’s tailored electronic logbook which both employer and the apprentice can access anytime.
  • Apprentices take a Gateway Assessment at the end of every year to progress onto the next phase of training until the completion of the End Point Assessment.

For national apprentices, S&B’s Academy is located a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and we have partnerships with chain hotels to provide accommodation in a standard double room for single occupancy for the duration of the stay. All costs for travel and accommodation while on a weekly training block at S&B are met by the employer, this includes breakfast and a two-course evening meal. 

To be considered for this apprenticeship you must have GCSEs, Functional Skills or Key Skills at grade C/4 or above in English and maths (or equivalent), predicated grades are accepted, but applicants will need to complete an initial assessment. Relevant work experience or knowledge is beneficial but not essential.

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 RATP Dev Transit London 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
  • At the successful completion of training the intention is for the apprentice to be offered full-time employment as a skilled Bus and Coach Electrical Technician

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent Maths and English (Grade C/4/FS L2 provide exemptions) Essential

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

RATP Dev Transit London is one of the largest bus operators in London, running 1,250 buses and carrying some 207 million customers every year safely to their destinations. We run 112 routes in and around the capital, mostly under contract to Transport for London (TfL), the capital’s transport authority. TfL has ‘ownership’ of all bus routes in London and awards them to bus operators through a competitive tendering process, usually for a term of seven years. We run our bus routes from 10 operational bases. Many of our bus routes are 24-hour operations and most run seven days a week. As well as daily commuters, our diverse customer base includes shoppers, tourists, visitors to London and people travelling to hospital appointments. Our uniformed, knowledgeable drivers are trained to recognise the special travel requirements of all customers, and this can include wheelchair users, the partially sighted, the hard of hearing and visitors to the capital who do not speak English and are lost. We are highly supportive of ‘green’ transport solutions and look for ways of reducing the impact our operations have on the environment. With over 28% of our in-service fleet being fully electric, we have the greatest proportion of electric buses in our fleet within the London market. We currently operate 16 electric routes from five converted garages and we are working towards a fully electric fleet by 2030. This is in line with the Mayor of London's ambitious plans for a zero-emissions bus fleet in the capital by 2034.


RATP Dev Transit London


76-78 Chiswick High Road


W4 1SY

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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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