Parents & Teachers

As a parent, guardian or teacher, you will undoubtedly want to ensure that an apprenticeship is the right choice. Here are just a few of the reasons why we believe Arriva offers such a good start to a career.


Apprenticeships are a proven route into work, offering far more than just great training. Joining an apprenticeship means:


Take on a
real job

Gain real-world experience while doing meaningful work.


Learn real

On-the-job training is an excellent way to learn practical skills.



Early career programmes will often lead to recognised qualifications and really enhance a CV.


Earn while you learn

Get qualifications and avoid student debt by combining your learning with a salary from day one.


A more secure future

Doing an early career programme can boost your employability and can lead to a long-term career with Arriva.

Why Arriva?

You will find the full answer to this question throughout this site. But here are some of the key reasons:

Dedicated training that combines college-based training with on-the-job experience.

Qualifications are a key part of our early career programmes.

Continual investment ensures that our programmes are best in class.

Proven progression. Many Arriva senior managers started on an early career programme.

A great support network. Our managers provide excellent advice and mentoring.

Well-established early careers programmes that have been running since the 1980s.

Ongoing communication. We stay in touch with parents and teachers throughout the programme.

Hints and Tips

Our early career programmes are very popular, so it is important to make applications stand out from the rest. With this in mind:


Make sure they really understand what our apprenticeship involves. Also discuss locations and living arrangements, as they may well have to move to where the positions are.

The application process

Go through their application form with them. Check spelling and grammar, and check that they are putting forward their full potential.


This is likely to be their first interview, so practise typical questions with them. In particular, practise competency-based questions – things like ‘tell me about a time you used your initiative to solve a problem’.

Useful Links

If you want to dig deeper, here are some useful sites and articles about apprenticeships in the UK and Europe.


Click here to read about the rising popularity of apprenticeships.

Click here for a look at the benefits of joining an apprenticeship.

Click here to see how apprenticeships and university compare.

Click here for a guide to UK apprenticeships.


Click here to read about the benefits of apprenticeships in the EU.

Click here to watch videos from apprentices across Europe.

Find out more

We know that this is a big decision. So if you have any questions or would like any further information, just email us at

We often visit schools to promote and explain the opportunities available. If you would like supporting materials to distribute to your students, please email us at

You can also download our dedicated leaflet if you would like more information.