Apprentice Bus and Coach Engineering Technician OPTARE GROUP LTD

Switch Mobility (Optare Ltd) based in Sherburn in Elmet, Leeds have an exciting opportunity for a suitable candidate to join the Production team as an Apprentice to be trained up to a recognised level 3 qualification as a Bus and Coach Maintenance Technician.

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Closing date: 21 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    6.00am - 2.30pm Monday - Thursday and 6.00am - 11.30am Friday

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Aug 2024

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

As a Bus and Coach Engineering Apprentice, you will play a key role in the manufacturing of both single deck and double deck buses. Always ensuring every task in the build process is completed to the highest quality standards, the role works within a continuous hand assembly process - working with relevant tools and machinery ensuring the production process continues to flow efficiently. This position will entail working within a production environment, working with tools and machinery and will give you a great opportunity to build a career in a highly specialised field.

You will be required to demonstrate a level of flexibility, have a positive attitude, with an ability to work well as part of a team. During the course of your apprenticeship, you will work towards completing these key tasks to a high standard with the aim of doing these with little to no support at the end of your learning period. * Undertaking tasks within the hand assembly production process to the highest quality standards.

Tasks you will learning and carrying include:

  • Measuring, marking out, cutting, assembly and building of parts
  • Interior fibreglass component fitment including dry fit, trimming, surface prep and bonding, fixing using a range of adhesives and mechanical fastenings
  • Vehicle glazing 
  • Interior plastic polymer (ABS) capping, coves and ceiling panel fitting
  • Measuring, marking out, surface prep and bonding
  • Passenger seat fitment
  • Working with engineering layout drawings, mechanically fixing seats into saloons
  • Final build activities including fitting exterior mirrors, legal labels, cab build, panel and bonnet alignment
  • To highlight any quality issues and be prepared to help with problem solving

This list is not exhaustive and there will be many other areas that you will be involved in.

The training you will be getting

  • Level 3 Bus and Coach Engineering Technician
  • Functional Skills Level 2 or equivalent in English and maths
  • Off-the-job training as directed
  • Block release training at Total People's Automotive facility - Wythenshawe Camput M22 9UH

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Completing an apprenticeship is just the start of your career at Switch Mobility. There are many career paths to follow. Upon achievement of your apprenticeship, you will be given the opportunity to further develop your skills and knowledge in the Bus and Coach/Heavy Vehicle sector as a qualified Technician.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

* Overtime and shifts * Expenses to cover travel and overnight stays * Support buying tools * Uniform * Travel support and getting to work on time * A proven interest in working with mechanical and electrical systems * Behave in accordance with the values of the employer * Continually develop knowledge and skills

About the employer

If you have seen one of London's iconic red double decker’s then you have seen Switch Mobility. We are a next generation electric vehicle company backed by over 100 years of experience, producing zero emissions & diesel Buses. We have a combined global reach and presence in 40 countries.




Hurricane Way South

Sherburn in Elmet


LS25 6PT

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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

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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