COACH and bus operator Stagecoach will employ 1,200 apprentices by the end of the year, the company has announced.

The expansion of apprenticeships will see the company more than double the number of learners employed over the next 10 months.

It plans to employ around 1,000 driver apprentices and approximately 200 engineering apprentices.

Stagecoach Chief Executive Martin Griffiths said: "Our people are fundamental to ensuring we keep communities across the country connected. We are proud to lead the bus and coach industry by investing in apprenticeships and creating 600 new learner opportunities in 2020.

"Apprenticeships bring huge value to our business in terms of talent and diversity. Whether you're a school leaver or somebody who wants a change of career, an apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity to earn while you learn and kickstart your career in the transport industry."