A student has taken the first step towards a career in engineering after being selected to join a four-year apprenticeship with Stagecoach North East.
The local bus operator has just taken on Harry Renwick as an apprentice to train at its Teesside depot.
The apprenticeship offers a combination of block release training to achieve the Bus and Coach Engineering Technician Standard, and on the job training at the local depot.
Engineering most definitely runs in the family for new apprentice, Harry, as his Grandad was a mechanic.
The 18-year-old, from Eaglescliffe, has just started his engineering apprenticeship at the Teesside bus depot in Stockton.
After leaving school, Harry spent two years at NETA Training Group in Stockton where he studied for a level three diploma in engineering technologies.
He said: “Although I didn’t work specifically with vehicles on my course, it gave me a great insight into the industry, and a good idea of tools I would be using, so I can now apply these skills to the vehicles.
“Although I applied at a couple of places for apprenticeships, I really wanted this apprenticeship at Stagecoach so I am really pleased.
“I have always been interested in engineering as my Grandad was a mechanic and he showed me the basics which got me interested in it so I am looking forward to the next four years of building my skills.”
The local bus operator offers apprenticeship opportunities in body or combined mechanical and electrical engineering and the apprentices will be spending the next four years gaining hands-on practical training while studying at college in Glasgow over eight one-week blocks, each year.
As engineering apprentices, they will learn all aspects of vehicle maintenance through their workshop experience, preparing vehicles for the road, conducting MOT’s and making repairs.
As part of the training programme, every apprentice is guided by a nominated mentor from the company who will provide support and advice throughout the four-year scheme.
Gary Chisholm, engineering director at Stagecoach North East, said: “I am delighted to welcome Harry to the Stagecoach team.
“Our apprenticeship programmes give us the chance to attract and nurture the best talent in the area and we are proud to continue to invest in this scheme and to help young people in our community to flourish.
“It is absolutely vital that we give our young people a chance to fulfil their potential, learn new skills and be ready for the world of work.
“The four-year course gives all our apprentices the opportunity to train while earning and we find that once qualified our trainees remain with the company for most, if not all, of their working life.”