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Bus and coach engineering and maintenance apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the bus and coach engineering and maintenance sector.

Bus and coach engineering and maintenance (BACEM) staff can do anything from routine maintenance on buses to more technically advanced jobs, like working out where a particular electrical fault has occurred on a bus and repairing it.

Training opportunities

Apprentices will have the choice of focusing on:

  • bodywork
  • mechanics
  • electrics
  • mechelec (a combination of mechanics and electrics)

These 4 pathways involve some different training and require different skills, but whatever you end up doing it will be a vital role that will help to keep the transport network running.

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeships in this sector.

Intermediate level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • bus/coach mechanical service technician
  • bus/coach electrical service technician
  • bus/coach body repairer

Advanced level apprenticeship

You could train in roles like:

  • bus/coach mechanical maintenance and repair technician
  • bus/coach electrical maintenance and repair technician
  • bus/coach body builder and repairer
  • bus/coach diagnostic technician

Apply for a bus and coach engineering and maintenance apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education