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Apprenticeship Programme

Apprenticeship Programme

Recognised at the National Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2023 and the CIPD Awards 2024, Bus Éireann’s award-winning Apprenticeship Programme will train you to the very highest technical standards. You will learn how to maintain all the systems in modern public service vehicles, including training on day-to-day repairs and preventative maintenance tasks, vehicle diagnostics/fault finding with some of the most advanced systems of its kind in place. Your apprenticeship comprises seven phases, three off-the-job as designated by SOLAS and four on-the-job that take place with Bus Éireann. During your time at Bus Éireann, you will be supported by our Apprenticeship Manager, David Poynton Rowley, who commenced his career on the Apprenticeship Programme, and the wider Engineering Team.

We are recruiting for Athlone, Ballina, Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Longford, Sligo, Stranorlar, Thurles, Tralee and Waterford Garages.

​​* For more information on our Apprenticeship Programme and terms and conditions click here.

Our application for Apprenticeship Programme 2025 is now opened,click here to apply.
​Below is an outline of our recruitment process structure for the Apprenticeship Programme 2024. We'll be releasing dates for 2025 soon, keep tuned!

Recruitment Process

​Key Dates

​Closing date for applications and proof of educational requirements (SOLAS equivalence of qualifications)

​19th April 2024

Online Assessments (Links will be sent to the email address provided by you)

26th April 2024


Dublin and Dundalk: W/B 7th - 17th May 2024

All other locations: W/B 20th May 2024

Practical Assessment

Dublin and Dundalk: W/B 20th May 2024

All other locations: W/B 27th May 2024

Practice Materials click here.

Pre-Employment Medical (All medicals will be taking place in Dublin)

W/B 03rd June 2024

Commencement Date

August/September 2024​

What some of our current apprentices have to say…

Martin - Apprenticeship Programme Process

Katie - Apprenticeship Programme Experience

"I always had an interest in mechanics and cars and the college life just wasn't for me. I applied for Bus Eireann and I was successful, you earn as you learn and that’s a real plus."

Kenzie - Apprentice HV Mechanic

What some of our former apprentices are now doing…

"I grew up around machinery and from an early age decided I wanted to be a mechanic. Bus Eireann had a garage in the centre of town which always impressed me so I applied for an apprenticeship. I was very impressed upon my arrival in the garage, state of the art equipment and a paint shop for body repairs. What I liked most about my time as an apprentice was the variety of work. From mechanical, to prepping buses for paiting, to tracing electrical faults, there was always something different and interesting to do! There were also many challenges from carrying out repairs in a time sensitive manner to training and upskilling to meet the demands of new technologies on our buses. I have enjoyed my time and would have no hesitation in recommending Bus Eireann as an employer. There are many opportunities and different paths you can take to further your career."
Kevin - Maintenance Manager

"When I saw the advert for the position of Apprentice heavy Vehicle Mechanic, I applied straight away as I always had a keen interest in mechanics. I started as an Apprentice, qualified and and progressed to permanent HV Mechanic position. Over that period of time, I received excellent training including a wide range of courses relevant to our industry. I also completed my D (bus) licence training which included advanced driver training. I am now a Garage Supervisor, I can't recommend Bus Eireann enough if you are interested in a fulfilling career with plenty of opportunities to educate and progress in the Company. I would recommend it to others on the basis that I find it a good environment to work in, a professionally run Company with great opportunities."

Paul - Garage Supervisor