School leavers 'guaranteed' internships with Lothian Buses

Press release issued by Lothian Buses today about new Edinburgh Guarantee apprentices.

Edinburgh Guarantee apprentices and Lothian BusOne of Edinburgh’s biggest employers has recruited three local school leavers as part of its continued commitment to a council-run youth employment scheme.  

Ryan Sanderson (17), Darren Dinse (16) and Jordan Collins (18) will join Lothian Buses through The Edinburgh Guarantee, a City of Edinburgh Council initiative which aims to ensure every young person in the capital leaves school with the opportunity of a job, training or further education.  

The three teenagers beat off 38 other applicants to get the coveted one-year engineering internship, which will provide them with an insight into the day-to-day workings of the company.  

Ryan, a former pupil at Leith Academy, said: “It is great to have the chance to work with a company like Lothian Buses, who are so well known in the city.”  

Bill Devlin, Engineering Director at Lothian Buses commented: “We’re delighted to be involved again with the Edinburgh Guarantee after the success of our internships last year. The selection process proved to be extremely difficult as the candidates were all of a very high standard and enthusiastic about working with Lothian Buses. We’re really looking forward to Ryan, Darren and Jordan joining our team and know that they will gain many new skills as well as general experience of working life in their time with us.”  

Based at Lothian Buses’ Seafield Depot, they will learn various technical skills that ensure the smooth operation of a modern bus company including woodwork, bus painting, metal fabrication, vinyl application and bus seat trimming.

Last year, Lothian Buses ran a similar internship programme for six young people under the Edinburgh Guarantee. It is also supporting the scheme through branding on two of its double decker buses.  

Sue Bruce, Chief Executive, the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This is great news for these young people and really encouraging to see another major employer supporting the Edinburgh Guarantee. In 2013/14 we beat our target, placing over 300 young people with large companies such as Sainsbury’s and Standard Life as well as a number with many smaller businesses.  The city is really getting behind the Edinburgh Guarantee which is supporting our young people in securing a positive first step on their career ladder.” 

Edinburgh City Council works with public, private and voluntary sectors on the Edinburgh Guarantee to increase the number of jobs, education or training opportunities being made available to young people, in tandem with work to improve the level of support available to help them move into a positive destination. 

Since August 2011, The Edinburgh Guarantee has worked with businesses across Edinburgh generating over 1000 jobs, apprenticeships and internship opportunities

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