Abellio bus driver apprenticeship

No PCV licence? No problem! Come and join Abellio’s exciting apprentice programme to become a professional London Bus Driver.

Man driving a bus
Course overview

At a glance




12 - 14 months



About the course

Abellio have invested in a new and innovative approach to training new bus drivers as they continue to challenge the traditional conventions of travel to provide better, safer, more convenient and better quality transport services. All you need is a full UK driving licence (Category B) and a willingness to learn!

We’re looking for people who can demonstrate:

  • Excellent attitude to customer service
  • Team player mind-set
  • Energy and motivation
  • A professional attitude to health and safety
  • Flexibility and openness to shift working

Our expert staff will support you every step of the way, guiding and training you to complete and achieve the programme.

This course is cost-free to learners. All our programmes are regulated and funded through the government or the apprenticeship levy.

Is this course right for you?

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career within the transport industry, then Abellio London Bus is looking for you. In return, you will receive a career that offers a variety of employee benefits, a great working environment and an excellent starting salary.

You will need to be located in London for this apprenticeship. However, No previous experience within the industry is needed as you will be provided with the training to become a fully qualified PCV licence holder. This means the role is ideally suited for those looking to move into the industry while being equally rewarding for those looking to diversify from similar areas. What’s important is that you are capable of delivering excellent customer service.

Our essential criteria for enrolling on this apprenticeship includes:

  • Hold a current, full UK driving licence
  • Have one year’s minimum driving experience in the UK
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be numerate and literate and able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Be computer literate
  • Be flexible in terms of working hours; we operate shifts, working any 5 days out of 7, over a minimum 38-hour working week
  • Hold a valid Right to Work document
  • Live in the UK and have a UK bank account
  • An excellent driving history (no more than six penalty points, no drink driving offenses in the last five years)

Working in partnership with Realise provides abellio with a stable stream of talent to fulfil our driver workforce, now and also for the future

Kevin Robinson, Abellio Learning & Development Manager

What you’ll learn

Our 12 – 14 month apprenticeship programme will give you the core competencies required by any passenger transport business combined with passenger vehicle and bus driver training.

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

How you’ll learn

Our expert staff will support you to achieve the apprenticeship.

Typically you will have:

  • A dedicated Training & Development Officer providing ongoing training, guidance and support
  • Practical assessments and on-bus observations, including in a depot environment
  • Workshops sessions delivered at a local depot or remotely via Zoom
  • 24/7 access to a range of online learning materials and resources
  • Support from your employer to fulfil the requirements of the programme
  • Progress reviews, including a pre-gateway and final gateway review before end point assessment
  • End point assessment preparation and support ensuring you’re ready to progress
  • Support from English/maths tutors if required

Frequently asked questions

How do I become a bus driver?

Our bus driver apprenticeship programme will give you a PCV licence and the skills required to be a competent, professional bus driver.

What qualifications are needed for a bus driver?

Typically, to be a trainee bus driver, you will need to hold a driving licence (category B) that’s either clean or has minimal points and be over the age of 18. We will work with you to gain your PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence and gain the skills required to be a bus driver.

Is being a bus driver a good career?

Bus driving can be a great career. Many of the bus drivers we work with tell us that they would never look back now they’ve made the leap into the world of passenger transport.

Ready to take the next step?

Let’s talk. You’re only a few clicks away from enquiring about this course. Don’t delay, get in touch and start something exciting today!