The purpose of this framework is to train new entrants in and upskill the existing workforce to the industry recognised standard of competency for professional Bus and Coach Drivers. Intermediate Apprentices at level 2 will be able to work for a large UK wide operator, municipal operator or a family business. They will learn safe and fuel efficient driving techniques and will develop customer service skills to increase customer loyalty and keep businesses running.
The bus and coach industries employ approximately 223,000 individuals between them. Bus and coach services are provided across the UK and play a vital part in underpinning social inclusion, tourism and local economies.
Public transport is high on the political agenda and the provision of bus and coach services that offer an alternative to the private car are key ingredients in supporting the low carbon agenda.
The bus industry consists of five major companies. There are 12 municipal operators and numerous smaller, independent commercial operators active in delivering scheduled services.
There are around 4,360 companies in the coach industry. Many are SMEs and/or family companies.
The bus and coach industries have been affected by the rising costs of fuel so meeting this challenge and improving profitability are major concerns for the future.
Challenges faced by the industry include:
- to attract more applicants from under-represented groups into the industry;
- to up skill the workforce to industry standards;
- an ageing workforce
For Apprentices from 16 – 18, the Apprenticeship must last at least 12 months and for Apprentices 19 and over, the Apprenticeship must be at least 12 months, unless relevant prior learning is recorded. Where this is the case, Apprenticeships will not be less than six months and must include new skills and new learning.