Benefits of Apprenticeships
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What is a Passenger Carrying Vehicles (Bus and Coach) driver Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a training programme that is completed whilst also working and getting paid. In the case of the PCV apprenticeship this will be working as a bus or coach driver.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?
Your apprenticeship will last for a minimum of 13 months.

What level is my Apprenticeship?
The PCV intermediate apprenticeship is at level 2

What will I do on my Apprenticeship?
This will depend upon the employer to some extent but all apprentices will cover the following programme for their apprenticeship. PCV Apprenticeship



This is two days in duration with SP Training and on average around 14 days with your employer. The induction explains what will be covered during your apprenticeship with SP Training and in the workplace with your employer.


Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

This is part of your induction but is also a qualification in its own right and covers Health & Safety, contracts of employment, trade bodies and employment legislation


Professional Driver Programme

This covers the driver training and tests. PCV apprentices need to pass their category D (bus) in order to legally drive a bus or coach on the road for work. They also need training to achieve the following competencies:

Customer Care
Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving
Environmental Issues


Maths & English

This apprenticeship requires a minimum of level 1 maths & English.
If the candidate already possess maths and English at level 1 then they will be supported to achieve level 2. If they already have level 2 they will not be required to do maths and English qualifications.
Level 1 is equivalent to grade D-E GCSE and level 2 is equivalent to Grade A-C GCSE.


Passenger Carrying Vehicle (Bus & Coach) Level 2 QCF

This covers the core competencies of your job and is assessed at work. It includes the following competencies:
Customer Care
Legislation and Environmental Issues

For more information on the PCV Level 2 QCF click here


What qualifications will I achieve?
At the end of the apprenticeship the following training and qualifications will have been achieved:
Category D driving licence
Initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)
35 hours of ongoing Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)
Maths & English level 1 and/or 2 Functional Skills
Level 2 Award in knowledge of a professional bus and coach driver (QCF)
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Passenger Carrying Vehicle driving ( Bus and Coach)
The Apprentice may also achieve employer specific qualifications: i.e. First Aid, Health & Safety

For a downloadable version of the above information please click here

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