National Express Dundee welcomes new Apprentice

You’re Hired! National Express Dundee welcomes new Apprentice

National Express Dundee is getting ready to welcome the latest addition to its modern Apprenticeship scheme. Michael Wilkinson has been chosen to train with the company for four years in HGV Mechanics.

The 18 year old from Dundee comes straight from Dundee College’s Pre-Apprenticeship course in Motor Vehicle Mechanics – he says he’s always had his heart set on a career under the hood of a bus: “It’s always been my ambition to do motor mechanics – an apprenticeship seemed to be the right route for me. I just love learning new things, working on big engines.”

As well as getting his hands dirty at the National Express garage in Dock Street, Michael will travel regularly to college in Bristol, where he’ll study for industry-recognised qualifications.

Along with a keen interest in engines and mechanics, Michael’s also an active member of the Sea Cadets in Dundee, working with children and young people to teach them the morals and traditions of the Royal Navy. He said: “I hope I can learn some more skills which I can apply to Sea Cadets too – but mostly I’m just looking forward to getting stuck into an engine!”

Michael’s not the only Apprentice currently employed with National Express Dundee; 20 year old Liam McCartney’s now in his fourth year of an Auto-Electrician Apprenticeship, while recent graduates of the scheme Ross Wilkie and Edward Hodgson, both from Dundee, have recently completed their training and have now taken up permanent positions with the company as Skilled Engineering Fitters.

Local lad Liam says he’s enjoying his training: “It’s just what I want to do. I get on fine with the others in the garage, we have a good laugh and I’m treated like one of the guys. Hopefully I’ll get taken on too when I’m finished the Apprenticeship.”

National Express Dundee’s Engineering Manager Frank Sheach says not only does the company offer a lot to the Apprentices – the Apprentices bring a lot to the table too: “It’s a real boost for us to have them around. They’re always keen and willing to learn; and they’re getting the chance to start their careers with an excellent practical grounding in their chosen trade, working alongside experienced engineers at one of the city’s leading transport providers.”

Published 8th November 2012