It's #NationalApprenticeshipWeek!

 Series of three images of people wearing high-vis clothing working on buses with the text 'National Apprenticeship Week'

At Brighton & Hove Buses, we provide apprenticeships in collaboration with S&B Automotive Academy in Bristol. This allows apprentices to gain hands-on experience in bus maintenance and engineering, all while pursuing an IMI Bus and Coach Engineering Technician Standard (Mechelec) qualification.

Chris Stringer, Engineering Director, started his own career as an apprentice at Oxford Bus in 2004. He said: “Apprenticeships are a win-win for apprentices and employers. It’s a fantastic career path for individuals to develop professionally and personally, and an opportunity for us to recruit and train future talent with the skills our business needs.  

“Our apprentices are making a huge impact: they bring enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to their work and we look forward to seeing their careers develop and how they progress through our business.” 
 

We interviewed three of our past and present Brighton & Hove apprentices to mark National Apprenticeship Week: here’s what they had to say... 

Person wearing high-vis fixing a tyre of a bus with the words 'Meet Kylie' and 'National Apprenticeship Week'

Kylie Griffiths | “You learn so much – there’s so much variety.” 

While working as an agency cleaner at Brighton & Hove and Metrobus back in 2015, Kylie saw an opening for our apprenticeship programme and took her chance. Kylie completed her apprenticeship in 2019 and is now a qualified multi-skilled shift engineer, helping keep our fleet on the road. 

We caught up with her as she used a torque wrench on a wheel.

I would definitely recommend apprenticeships,” says Kylie. “The best part of it is that they are work-based – you learn so much through doing the job.

In my role now, there is so much variety; we do everything from body to electrics to mechanics, as well as attending breakdowns out on the road. It is a great team to be part of.” 

Person wearing high-vis, hat and a head torch smiling and working on the engine of a bus with the words 'Meet Harley' and 'National Apprenticeship Week'

Harley Stanbridge | “With apprenticeships, you become more confident.”

Harley Stanbridge is one year into his apprenticeship and is hugely enjoying the challenge. He spends one week per month in Bristol at college; three weeks working at various depots.

Harley shares: “Apprenticeships are great for your career, but also for personal development – you become more confident and gain new experiences and connections.  

“It’s so good to be able to learn while working, and it fits around my life – I work 7am-3pm five days per week, so I can still see my family in the evenings.  

“I’ve been here for one year and while I’ve already learned so much, I know there is still so much more to learn. For anyone who is ambitious and wants to develop their career, I would fully recommend apprenticeships."  

Watch the video interview with Harley here, on our Metrobus website!

Person wearing high-vis with arms folded, standing in front of a bus and words that say 'Meet Ted' and 'National Apprenticeship Week'

Ted Packham | “Your work gets a bus back out on the road.” 

Ted’s apprenticeship with Brighton & Hove began in July 2023. Ted’s four-year course allows him to get a wide variety of firsthand experience at one of our Brighton & Hove Buses depots, complementing the theory and practical skills he learns at college in Bristol.  

“The best thing about being an engineer is the feeling when something goes right – like finding a fault in an engine, thinking through the problem, and then solving it. Your work gets a bus back out on the road…”

I have learned so much by doing this apprenticeship. My day-to-day tasks include servicing the buses; quite grimy engine work; and checking that our buses are safe and ready to go out on the road to serve customers,” says Ted. “For me, apprenticeships are the best way to start a career. You get to go straight into work while also getting a qualification. I would recommend them to anyone!”