Apprenticeships

Go-Ahead offers a one - three year apprenticeship programme and is the only transport company accredited to provide apprenticeship training across bus and rail.

Our commitment to a high quality apprenticeship programme is evident in the fantastic experience gained, as well as the time spent with the students developing their knowledge, skills and behaviour.

764

apprentices that went through the programme first half of 2019

1000

number of apprentices aiming for by end of 2019

The duration of your apprenticeship will depend on several factors, such as your chosen discipline, the level of the apprenticeship, employer requirements and your individual learning needs.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced colleagues
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a salary
  • get time away from your everyday responsibilities to learn

Go-Ahead London’s apprenticeship programme has a robust structure which incorporates core competencies and key requirements, which include benefits such as:

  • Enhanced customer service
  • Improved maths and English skills
  • Increased levels of performance
  • Improved driver retention
  • Reduction in accidents and incidents
  • Higher levels of employee engagement

Our apprenticeship programme is available for all ages; at present our youngest bus driver apprentice is 20 and our oldest is 65.

The opportunity to become an apprentice has been promoted through roadshows, open days, newspaper advertising, even on the back of our buses and, of course, on Go-Ahead London’s website.

Bus driver apprenticeship, Go Ahead London: Nickelle Morgan-Scott

It’s amazing to me that I have a job that excites me. I had always fancied the idea of working as a bus driver – it was just a question of when.

I had applied in the past for bus driver roles, but it didn’t feel right at the time so I didn’t pursue it beyond the initial phases of the application but when I saw it advertised this time and read through the job description and reviews about the company, I got excited about working for Go- Ahead.

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At the start there was a lot to process and it was obviously a big change, but I felt ready for it and welcomed it with an open mind.

Part of that is because I have a few family and friends in the industry, some who have been working as a bus driver for years and still are, so I had a good network of people who could help prepare me.

The most interesting thing about the process was when I realised there was an apprenticeship you could take before becoming a driver. I wasn’t just getting a job, I would be able to get some sort of qualification and could get paid while I was learning.

Arriving at Camberwell for my first day was a bit overwhelming, with all the sounds and sights of the big garage – it’s a bit of an attack on the senses, but you quickly find it all just becomes a natural part of your surroundings. Each day since my first one, has just got better and better.

Being a female bus driver, it feels great to challenge the misconceptions around women and their ability to drive. I feel confident in saying that I am a professional driver.

Being a bus driver is about more than just driving being aware of the people around you, about looking out for threats and danger – about getting people to work and home, safe and sound.

As a young black woman, not many of us have the option to really take control of our careers, but I feel like I’ve gained a huge privilege in doing something that I want to do and that I’m really good at!

There are plenty more female drivers out there, especially as I have seen within Go-Ahead. It’s very inspiring and part of the reason why I joined. I want this pattern to continue and I want to see more women working across transport!

What advice for others wanting to change careers?

Break the stereotypical views about what is a man’s job. All the women out there maybe thinking about bus driving should go for it! It is a great accomplishment and truly different experience every day.