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National Apprenticeship Week

4 months ago Mon 3rd Feb 2020

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate let’s introduce you to two of our apprentices. 

Amelia Gausden began an engineering apprenticeship at our Lewes Road depot last year. Amelia is in her first year of her NVQ and BTEC qualifications.   

Head of Engineering Neil Miles said the four-year apprenticeship was very well regarded and a solid foundation for getting a job afterwards. 

“It gives them the theory but it also give them the hands-on practical knowledge. They come on site and work with modern vehicles and modern products. Amelia’s great, she’s doing really well and she’s a really valued member of the team.” 

Kylie Griffiths, became our first female engineering apprentice in 2015, after working as a cleaner with us for a year.   

She now has her NVQ Levels 2 and 3 and BTEC Level 3 in Vehicle Mechanics, where she combined studying with hands-on experience at our Conway Street depot in Hove.  

Kylie now has a permanent job with Brighton & Hove Buses and was shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the 2019 Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards.  

Neil said: “Kylie has been inspirational in her approach and attitude during her development. She has a good work ethic and I can clearly see the fruits of her development through the quality of her work. 

“She is a role model for mature students and we hope her success will encourage more females into engineering. I am extremely proud of her achievements and I am really looking forward to seeing where her career takes her.” 

Kylie is also a company Diversity Champion and sits on our Diversity and Inclusion group, which tackles issues including attracting, developing and retaining recruits from all backgrounds. 

Chief Engineer Carl Webber said apprentices were crucial to the business because they were their future workforce. 

“Apprenticeships maintain a healthy number of qualified people within the country for all trades. Mentoring young people through their apprenticeship also moulds that individual in adapting the company’s practices.” 

To find out more about engineering apprenticeships and combining studying with work, please contact Head of Engineering, Neil Miles: neil.miles@buses.co.uk 

 

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