Stagecoach boosts its apprenticeship goals with almost 800 employees
Stagecoach is now more than halfway to reaching the goal of five per cent of employees in ‘earn and learn’ positions, with a total of 790 employees currently in apprenticeship roles.
Stagecoach, the UK bus and coach operator, has been awarded a Silver Membership with the 5% Club, meaning that it is now more than halfway to reaching the goal of five per cent (currently 3.3 per cent) of employees in ‘earn and learn’ positions.
The 5% Club is a UK-wide charity that aims to contribute to the alleviation of poverty through increased levels of employment. It works with UK employers to inspire, educate and retain a growing body of people into ‘earn and learn’ placements to increase the number of apprenticeships, sponsored students and graduate trainees.
A total of 790 Stagecoach employees are currently in ‘earn and learn’ positions, with the majority carrying out apprenticeships, from its total UK workforce of 24,000 employees.
The number of employees in Stagecoach currently undergoing apprenticeships places the operator in the top five of the organisations that are participating in 2021’s Employer Audit, meaning that it is the only transport operator to have been awarded a Silver Membership in 2021.
Stagecoach is committed to training and development, and has recently launched its Sustainability Strategy, which details its objective of having 40 per cent of females in leadership roles by 2026 and 25 per cent of its workforce from ethnic minorities. Stagecoach’s commitment also includes offering more work placements for 16 to 24 year olds.
Stagecoach was also the first public transport organisation to offer a flagship driver apprenticeship scheme, as well as an industry-leading engineering apprenticeship programme. It also offers a ‘Trade-up’ scheme, giving existing employees the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship with the engineering team, and are now hoping to develop this further by introducing human resources, IT and learning and development apprenticeships in future.
Tracey Smyth, Head of People Services and Talent at Stagecoach, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Membership with the 5% Club. This shows our commitment to developing our people when they join us and helps us to attract the best people from our local towns and cities. ‘Earn and Learn’ positions bring huge value to our business in terms of talent and diversity, and Stagecoach has, for many years, been at the forefront of championing apprenticeships and graduates in our workplace. Not only is it important for developing a healthy talent pipeline, but we also find that it’s a great way of being able to engage with our local communities and make sure that our workforce represents the people we serve. This year, we also published our new Sustainability Strategy, where we set out clear actionable aims of targeting 40 per cent of females in leadership roles by 2026 and increasing the numbers of employees from ethnic minorities to 25 per cent.”