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12 April 2010 12:00 GMT / Scania in the United Kingdom

Scania holds Bus Apprenticeship Open Day at its UK Training Centre

Scania (Great Britain) Limited is holding an Open Day to promote its Bus Apprenticeship programme at its UK Training Centre, which is centrally located near Loughborough, on Thursday 22 April.

The event begins at 10:00hrs and will conclude with lunch.  All operators are welcome to attend and those wishing to participate are asked to contact Dawn Ward on 01530 242023 for further details.

"This event has come about as the result of enquiries from customers who are looking for a dedicated bus apprenticeship," comments Mark Oliver, Technical Services Manager for Scania (Great Britain) Limited.  "We offer a complete service from recruitment through to full qualification.  Our training is carried out in residential modules at our own training centre, one of the country's finest training facilities which is staffed by experienced instructors who operate in state-of-the-art premises with the very latest equipment.

"Our three year technical apprenticeship comprises of two years covering all the basics, including servicing and inspection, with the third year devoted to specialised bus courses, including diagnostics training specially developed by Scania."

Features and Benefits of the Scania Bus Apprentice Programme

1. Qualification is from Go Skills via IMI Awards and is Transport Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical), the preferred qualification for the Bus Industry.  All apprentices are taught from using basic hand tools through to vehicle diagnostics.

2. The Scania Apprentice Programme was the first Heavy Vehicle Manufacturer Programme to receive the Training Quality Standard (TQS) and only one of four in the Motor Vehicle Industry.  TQS replaces the former COVE standard.

3.  All training takes place at Scania’s award winning Training Centre, near Loughborough.

4.  Scania has its own dedicated training team and works with its preferred Training Provider Skillnet, the largest Motor Vehicle Provider in the country.

5.  The Scania Apprenticeship programme consists of 1 one-week block and 5 two-week blocks in the first year; 6 two-week blocks in the second year and 3 one-week blocks in the third year.

6. The course is residential and apprentices stay at a well-equipped local hotel, where they can relax in a pleasant atmosphere.

7.  The training programme is split 50/50 classroom/workshop with a focus on practical training.  The work covers basic hand skills all the way up to vehicle diagnostics using Scania’s state of the art equipment and also includes training from industry specialists, such as Josam. 

8.  The programme focuses on industry-needs and actively employs customer surveys to monitor performance.

9.  Operators receive a block report every time their apprentice attends the centre in order that all parties can monitor the apprentice’s progress throughout his or her time on the programme.

10.  A Programme Assessor visits the apprentice every 8-10 weeks to monitor and progress his/her NVQ and liaise with his/her local manager.

10.  The programme also includes the Scania Apprentice of the Year competition.

The route to becoming a fully qualified technician

Technical certificate level 2 + NVQ 2 + Key/Core Skills (taught in a user friendly way) = Level 2 Framework + Diploma Level 3 + NVQ 3 = Full Framework = Fully Qualified Technician.

Scania's target is to complete Level 2 in 24 months and Level 3 in 12 months.