Students get ‘on the buses’ thanks to apprenticeship link with Ipswich firm

8 August 2017

Apprenticeship students on engineering courses at a Suffolk college are looking forward to getting ‘on the buses’ thanks to a large donation from a local firm.

Last year, Ipswich buses handed over the keys of a vehicle to Easton and Otley College and they have recently donated a second bus to the Suffolk campus.

The idea of the donation is aimed at encouraging more young people to study engineering apprenticeships.

So far, three apprentices are working at Ipswich buses with support from Easton and Otley College.

It is hoped that even more young people will be encouraged to start apprenticeships with the two organisations because of this expanding partnership according to Nigel Daniels from Ipswich Buses.

He said, “We have successfully built a great relationship with the Otley campus of Easton and Otley and we are keen for this to continue. From our point of view, finding drivers for the buses is not a problem – but we want to try and increase our apprenticeship programme. We need to bring in some fresh blood – they can then pick up skills from our current engineers and in turn, they will be able to pass this knowledge on to future generations. We hope that the donation of this second bus will encourage more people to consider studying on apprenticeships in the future.”

Louise Wicks from the apprenticeship team, said, “This is great news for the college and we are delighted to be forging closer links with Ipswich Buses. We are very grateful for this donation. It will allow the engineering apprentices that we train to gain more hands on experiences on a regular basis. We are delighted be forging a long-term relationship with one of the most recognisable brands in the town.”

Managing Director of Ipswich Buses, Robert Bellamy, added, “We are delighted to support Easton and Otley College via this donation. Our work with the college continues to go from strength to strength. Long may this continue.”

The buses will also be used for those studying on HGV apprenticeships. And a new engineering centre specifically for those studying apprenticeships will be opened at the Otley campus on 31 August 2017. 

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