Rising Star Daniel Encourages Others to Get on Board with an Apprenticeship

7 months ago Wed 5th Feb 2020

A Coventry College apprenticeship student is urging others to get on board with studying at the same time as working, as he builds his way towards his dream career in the transport industry.

Daniel Spray is currently studying for a Level 3 Bus and Coach Engineering Technician apprenticeship while working as an apprentice coachbuilder for Nottingham City Transport.

The 18-year-old, who travels all the way from Nottingham to attend the highly-regarded course, has now spoken out about how his role is helping him to achieve his dream career as part of National Apprenticeship Week.

Daniel first looked into apprenticeships after deciding to take on a vocational course when he was 16.

He is now in his second year and is getting first-hand experience as a coachbuilder, learning skills in coach maintenance and repair, while also studying at Coventry College where he is gaining a broader knowledge of passenger carrying vehicles.

Daniel has already been recognised for his talents at Nottingham City Transport after receiving a rising star award from the company because of his commitment, enthusiasm and attention to detail in his role.

Daniel Spray wins NCT Rising Star Award

He said: “I didn’t want to stay on at school and I’ve always had a passion for buses, so when I saw the opportunity with Nottingham City Transport, I knew I had to take it.

“An apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to work and earn money while learning, and Nottingham City Transport is a fantastic company to work for.

“I really enjoy studying at Coventry College, I am gaining a lot of knowledge through my course and all of the staff are incredibly helpful.

“It’s a great college and I couldn’t recommend going down the apprenticeship route enough.

“Working on buses is all I’ve ever wanted to do, so once I have completed my apprenticeship, I hope to become a qualified coachbuilder.”

Matt Stewart-Baker, of Nottingham City Transport, said: “Daniel is progressing well in his apprenticeship, and is becoming a knowledgeable coachbuilder.

“There are precious few bus and coach coachbuilding courses in the country, and Coventry College works hard to make themselves one of the best.

“Our apprentices are able to gain skills within the business from our team of very capable mentors, but we need our engineers to have a deep knowledge of passenger carrying vehicles and completing a formal qualification alongside their work enhances their skills.

“It gives them a solid grounding in the industry and also gives them the confidence in their own abilities.

“Daniel is a high-quality apprentice and we are confident that he will go far within the industry in the future.”

Coventry College offers an ever-expanding programme of more than 70 different apprenticeships, ranging from recruitment to painting and decorating, and deals with around 700 companies in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.