Bus & Coach and HGV Apprenticeships & Qualifications

Bus & Coach and HGV Apprenticeships

We are experts at training apprentices in Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance, and Bus and coach Engineering Technicians to keep public transport and domestic goods transport moving.

We recently invested £750k into our state-of-the-art specialist facility based in Wythenshawe so that our apprentices can learn the necessary technical and soft skills needed to be successful in operative, and technician roles, using the latest technology to meet industry needs.

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Sector insights


Is when TfGM is aiming for carbon neutral transport*

107.5 million

tonnes of carbon dioxide emmited in 2021*

17.5 billion

is the number of miles HGVs travelled in 2021. An annual increase of 8%*

Apprenticeship training for fleet maintenance

36 months plus 3-month End Point Assessment 

Programme summary 

A Heavy Vehicle (HV) technician services, inspects and repairs HVs and associated trailers. They work in either a dealership of a particular manufacturer or for an independent garage, franchise, or large fleet operator that deals with many different makes of vehicles.

Technicians work on all the systems found within the vehicle, from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle systems.

Apprentices can expect to cover 14 different units, from Health and Safety to Diagnosing Engine System Faults. Learning will take place by block delivery, with six blocks per year across two sites – The Manchester College and Perivale.

Apprentices will be supported by an appointed learning coach who will deliver 20 progress reviews. 

Who is suitable?

Successful candidate must be able to work independently but also pat of a team, and should understand how their workshop and the dealer/garage/branch functions from a commercial perspective. They should have good customer handling skills and should be able to identify ways in which they can work more efficiently. 

36 months plus 3-month End Point Assessment 

Programme summary 

This apprenticeship will equip learnings with a robust set of skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to work successfully as a Bus and Coach Engineering Technician.

The programme of study will cover a range of unit, from inspecting, diagnosing and recording defects to understanding the construction and operation of bus and coach systems.

This will be delivered through a mix of face-to-face learning, remote reviews, online assessments, self-study, practical skills training and one-to0one coaching facilitated at our training centre in Wythenshawe.

Who is suitable?

This programme is aimed at learners who are interested in a career within the bus and coach sector. With the growing complexity of vehicles and the need to understand and comply with rigorous Heath & Safety and Legislative requirements, the bus and coach sector is required to train high calibre individuals.

Candidates should be able to communicate both orally and in writing and have skills related to mechanical principles.

The learning experience

Industry expert coaches 

Free access to an online learning library 

Free Microsoft 365 account during study

Free student discount card

Learn in a state-of-the-art facility

Individual coaching and mentoring sessions

Over-the-shoulder view of an apprentice sat behind a steering wheel

Are you an employer?

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of upskilling your teams to have the right knowledge and behaviours to enable future success, through your people.

Delivery can also be tailored to your organisation's learning and development needs, with expertise in navigating the skills system and funding to get the most out of apprenticeships.

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Apprenticeship funding

Understanding how to fund apprenticeships can seem complicated. As experts, we can guide you through the process and help you to make the most of funding options that are available to you, either as an SME or a larger Levy-paying organisation. 

Funding explained
Slides showing the apprenticeship levy process
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Employer support

Are you looking for more information on how apprenticeships can benefit your business?

We have a wealth of resources available to help guide you through the process and explain how we can support you at every step.

Apprenticeships explained

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Frequently asked questions

Contact us using this form and select employer enquiry.

We will then be in touch to gather your requirements and discuss the best approach to get your vacancy live.

On our website and on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website, which is  a national online recruitment system. 

It’s managed by us. Once we have your information, we’ll add  your vacancy to the National Apprenticeship Service website and monitor the number of applications.

We’ll  firstly filter the applications based on  what you’re looking for in a candidate. To comply with regulations, the applications will be sent via a secure file sharing system. 

Just let us know the name of the person and we’ll arrange a meeting with you to organise their apprenticeship programme.

We can always extend your closing date or re-advertise your vacancy at a later date. 

You’re not under any obligation to recruit someone from the site, but if you do, you’ll have to make sure they’re signed up to an apprenticeship programme with Total People. 

In addition,  we’ll promote your vacancy for free in our weekly applicant newsletter and highlight the vacancy on our homepage carousel.  We’ll also promote your vacancy on our social media channels.