Stagecoach bus driver apprenticeship

Are you friendly and enjoy meeting new people? Do you have the drive to succeed? We have a fantastic opportunity for you to get behind the wheel of a career in bus driving. All you need to succeed is a full UK driving licence and a positive attitude!

Trainer showing a learner around the bus
Course overview

At a glance




12 - 14 months



About the course

We’re searching for sociable and reliable individuals to drive people in the right direction. You’ll be using your initiative and enjoy being part of a professional, dedicated team.

As a trainee driver you’ll be part of a team responsible for operating the company’s network of local bus services, providing essential transport for our local communities and beyond. Comprehensive training will be provided.


  • Job security – Stagecoach have been going since 1980 and turnover £1.3 billion per year
  • Free travel – for you and your companion on Stagecoach buses
  • Regular income – apprentices are paid weekly and receive the equivalent of a qualified driver
  • Working environment – you’ll be out and about, trusted to look after customers and enjoy yourself while you’re doing just that
  • Skills for life – you’ll learn how to drive a bus. We’ll pass on our expertise so you can drive with as much ease as you do your everyday car
  • Progression and promotion – plenty of employees started as a driver but are now Inspectors, Trainers and Managers
  • UK wide opportunities – if you fancy moving somewhere new, you’ll be okay for employment. Stagecoach work across the UK

The programme is delivered as workshop sessions and/or 1-2-1 training helping you to successfully achieve the programme requirements. 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?

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.

Bus driving apprenticeships are a great way of securing a job and getting into the passenger transport industry. Additionally, no formal qualifications are required although a good level of literacy and numeracy would be a distinct advantage.

You’ll be supported by an expert team throughout the apprenticeship with a programme designed by leading passenger transport operators so that you gain a quality learning experience by the sector and for the sector.

I really enjoyed all of the training, the coaches are always willing to help. Definitely go for it. You won’t regret it.

Georgia Bunton, Stagecoach

I learnt a lot and the trainers were really helpful all the way through. I would go through it all again if I could.

Stephen Marshall, Stagecoach

The whole apprenticeship was brilliant, every minute was mesmerising. The trainers came with brilliant teachings and guidance.

Johnson Lai, Stagecoach

My apprenticeship made me feel part of the company, not just a number. It has given me so much confidence.

Nicola McCloud, Stagecoach

James wilai

Since we first went live with the apprentice scheme I have noticed that the quality of our new drivers is getting better and better.

James Williams. Stagecoach, operations manager in Gloucester, Wye & Dean.

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.

Full, paid training will be provided, including:

  • Training to obtain a PCV licence
  • Passenger Transport– Bus Driver Level 2 Standard
  • Vehicle and route familiarisation
  • Ticket machine and ticket type training
  • Introduction to company/depot systems, procedures and policies
  • Periodic work related training throughout your career.

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. We have highly skilled and knowledgeable staff with significant experience of working in the industry who will be able to share their experiences and support you.

Typically you will have:

  • A dedicated trainer 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

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Training & development officer


Training & development officer

I started driving local buses in 2006. Since then I have progressed to service manager, revenue protection and finally into training around 2015. I even drove National Express coaches for a while! At Realise I deliver workshops to level 2 bus driver apprentices and support them with their development.

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!