- Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator recognised for investment in skills development
- 2nd highest entry of any company in the transport, travel and logistics sector
- Sector-leading skills investment follows 20-year commitment to apprenticeships
Stagecoach, the UK’s largest bus and coach operator, has been ranked as one of the country’s top 100 apprenticeship employers, leading the transport sector on the number of new starts.
Benchmarked against more than 800 employers in multiple sectors of the economy, Stagecoach was ranked 42nd in the national league table that recognises England’s leading apprenticeship employers.
The survey evaluates organisations’ overall commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their new apprentices, and the progression of their apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment.
Stagecoach currently has its highest ever number of apprentices with over 1,200 individuals across the country being trained in a variety of roles from driving and engineering to IT apprentice qualifications.
Qualifications are gained in partnership with GTG Training for Engineering and Realise for Driver Apprenticeships who were also voted the best apprenticeship provider of the year.
Stagecoach has been offering engineering apprenticeships for over twenty years, and it also offers a ‘trade-up’ scheme, giving existing employees the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship with the engineering team.
The employer rankings have been developed by the Department of Education, in partnership with High Fliers Research, who independently assess and rank the country’s top apprenticeship employers.
The award is aimed to showcase the country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers and recognise them for their vital work boosting career opportunities.
Joanne Smith, Stagecoach People Director: “We are really proud to be named as one of the top 100 employers, and especially ranked within the top 50, for our apprenticeship programmes and top in the UK bus and coach industry. It’s a great testament to the hard work put in by our apprentices and local teams to develop the skills that we need for the future.”