As part of his rapid development, Matthew completed a 12-month apprenticeship run by one of the UK’s leading training providers Realise in partnership with Stagecoach.
The co-delivered apprenticeship includes achieving a PCV licence and learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a professional bus driver.
“I did a Level Two Passenger Transport apprenticeship which was brilliant because it provided a real insight into the role,” added Matthew.
“It gave me an idea of what things the job can throw up, including understanding different types of customers, emergency and hazard management and safe working practices.
“Without doing the apprenticeship, I may have found it more challenging because the course and the trainers, who are industry experts with years of experience behind them, gave a real insight in to the day-to-day life in the job.
“It was also a great chance to speak to the different apprentices about what they were encountering and to compare what was the best decisions to make in different situations.”