Apprenticeships with Go North West

Grab your career by the gear stick, join the elite driver academy and serve your community with pride.

Course overview

At a glance




13 months


Bolton & Wigan

About the course

This is an opportunity to join the elite training academy, get qualified and work as a professional bus driver for one of the top transport companies in the North.

A Go North West apprenticeship will give you a unique training experience, combining practical training and off-the-job learning activities over a 13-month programme. This means you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the transport industry, providing you with the launchpad for a great career.

Is this course right for you?

There are only two things we need from you:

  • A driving licence with no more than 6 penalty points on it.
  • A passion for delivering a great customer experience.

Additionally, no formal qualifications are required although a good level of literacy and numeracy would be an advantage.

Roles available in
Bolton and Wigan

Sign up today

Become a trainee bus driver with an apprenticeship in Bolton and Wigan.

What you’ll learn

Across 13-months, you will learn the skills required to thrive in your role as a bus driver for Go North West.


  • How to drive a passenger carrying vehicle
  • Routes and route features including restrictions
  • Safe working practices
  • Emergency and hazard management
  • Customer service
  • Professionalism
  • British values, equality & diversity, accessibility & self-development

If you don’t have level 1 qualifications in English and maths you will need to study them alongside your apprenticeship. Don’t worry though, our dedicated team will be on hand to help you to achieve this.

“Buses seemed like a progressive ‘next step’ for me, I love working with people so it felt right. I can genuinely say that I have enjoyed every minute of my journey so far.”

Lauren Jones, Trainee Bus Driver

“It’s an exciting new era at Go North West and we are delighted to have been selected to lead the roll-out of this significant apprenticeship programme.”

Kairon Flowers, Operations Director for Partnerships

How you’ll learn

Typically, your learning will take alongside your colleagues from Go North West.

The apprenticeship will also involve:

  • 6-12 weeks upfront training (licence acquisition and mentoring)
  • Practical assessments and on-bus observations
  • Workshops sessions which are delivered at a local depot or remotely via Zoom
  • Access to a range of online learning materials and resources
  • Support from Go North West to fulfil the requirements of the programme
  • Quarterly progress reviews
  • Assessment preparation
  • Support from the Realise English and maths tutors to achieve a minimum of Level 1


Our experts

The people that make it happen


Training & development officer


Head of passenger transport


Head of passenger transport

I’m Kairon, head of transport for Realise and I’ve been with the business for just over six years. I joined as a bid coordinator apprentice back in the summer of 2015 and made the move into operations in January 2019 and I’ve never looked back. My current role is leading and growing the transport team (currently a team of 30), who deliver the passenger transport bus driver level 2 apprenticeship, in partnership with leading transport operators.

Apply today

Head over to the Go North West website to enquire.