Bus engineering apprentices arrive at FirstBuus Aberdeen 22 August 2011
City bus operator First in Aberdeen has welcomed 26 engineers to its King Street depot, as the company hosts its annual engineering apprentice open day.
The open days, which began in 2010, are aimed at demonstrating to interested young people exactly what is involved in being a bus engineering apprentice.
Many of the attendees will be interviewed to fill vacancies within the Aberdeen depot.
First Aberdeen's engineering director Jon Eardley is a big advocate of apprenticeships, having himself progressed through the First Apprentice programme between 1995 and 1999.
"I'm pleased with the level of interest and very impressed with the enthusiasm on display," he says.
"Our aim is to give prospective apprentices a real insight into life in engineering. Its important that young people can make an informed decision about their career path. Judging by the response, we have quite a few who seem genuinely interested in pursuing a career in engineering."
"The transport industry plays a vital role in keeping the economy moving," adds Linda Guthrie, head of learning at First in Aberdeen's parent company, FirstGroup.
"It is imperative that we attract talented, enthusiastic people to our industry. There is no better starting point than at apprentice level."
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