Arriva apprentices graduate with flying colours
Two newly qualified engineers from the North East are set to join bus company Arriva on a permanent basis, following the successful completion of a four year apprenticeship scheme.
23-year old Adam Brown from Durham and 22-year old John Scope from Redcar have been welcomed onto the Arriva team, after graduating from their programme as a mechanics specialist. Adam and John were honoured at a special presentation ceremony on Wednesday 5th October, along with 10 other former apprentices, where lead engineer for Arriva Bus UK Ian Tarran was on hand to personally congratulate them.
The presentation, which took place during the 2011 Coach and Bus Live show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, saw the former trainee receive official recognition for his achievement.
Arriva’s apprenticeship scheme aims to equip trainee engineers with the necessary skills to maintain its fleet of buses and ensure the smooth running of its vehicles at all times.
The scheme includes a combination of residential training at college and on-the-job training at a local depot, where apprentices are mentored and supervised by fully qualified engineers.
Adam and John have now qualified with an NVQ level 3 and Technical Certificate in Transport Engineering Maintenance. They will also have the opportunity to become a licensed member of IRTEC (The Institute of Road Transport Engineers).
Lloyd Mason, engineer trainer for Arriva Bus UK is heavily involved in the programme. He said: “It’s great to see Adam and John complete their apprenticeships and become a fully qualified engineers. They have worked extremely hard to get here and are fully deserving of this recognition.
“Whether you decide to specialise in mechanics, electrics or body work, the scheme is a great way to learn and gain valuable experience at the same time. I’m sure the newly qualified engineer will prove to be a valued member of the Arriva team straight away.”