Apprentice Recruitment Programme 2021

Apprentices with Operations Team and Minister Simon Harris.

Heavy Vehicle Mechanics

Bus Éireann's Apprenticeship Recruitment Programme 2021 is now closed.

Our recruitment process

At Bus Éireann, you'll find our recruitment process friendly, easy to use and designed to ensure quality. We use a number of assessments to predict your suitability for an apprenticeship. This includes online and supervised assessments and an interview.  We require satisfactory references from your previous employers and finally a pre-employment medical examination which includes a colour vision test. We are especially welcoming female applicants

Ready to come on board?

Have you?

  • Reached at least 16 years of age, on or before 1 September 2021
  • A grade C/ Merit or higher at Ordinary Level in the following subjects in the one sitting of the Junior Certificate - Mathematics, English or Irish, Science* and two other subjects.  (Grade D/Achieved or higher in higher level papers is acceptable) *If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, then Art Craft and Design, Home Economics, Materials Technology (Woodwork), Metalwork, Technical Graphics or Technology are acceptable
    Note that 2020 certificate of completion (Junior Cert) and school reports will be accepted as an equivalent to the traditional Junior cert results, click here for further details


  • A grade D/6 or higher at Ordinary Level in the following subjects in the one sitting of the Leaving Certificate - Mathematics, English or Irish, Science Subject* and two other subjects.  *Agricultural Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology,   Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry

What we can offer you

We recruit the best and in return, we offer an excellent and competitive benefits package that is mindful of you and your family.   Our apprenticeship positions are open to everyone.  You will be trained to the highest possible technical standards and will acquire, amongst many other skills, the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles.  This includes training on the various day to day repairs and preventative maintenance tasks, in addition to vehicle diagnostics/fault finding with some of the most advanced systems of its kind in place.  Our apprentices have achieved great success in the National Skills Competition over the years which is testament to the training they have received.

An apprenticeship comprises of seven phases, three off-the-job and four on-the job.  During all of these phases you are assessed on a structured ongoing basis.

On-the-job training takes place with Bus Éireann during Phases 1 – 3 – 5 – 7.  Off-the-job training is designated by SOLAS as follows:

Phase 2: SOLAS Education and Training Board (ETB) Training Centre in Dublin, Cork or Waterford

Phase 4: Department of Education – Athlone or Dublin IT

Phase 6: Department of Education – Athlone or Dublin IT

For further information on the apprenticeship click here


  • Competitive rate of pay
  • Working 5 over 7 days, an element of overtime may be available to enhance your earnings
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Medical scheme
  • G.P. Scheme for you and your family
  • Tool Box Provision Programme
  • Personal Protective Equipment (laundry service included)
  • Training and upskilling
  • Travel concessions for you and your family
  • Sports & Social Club
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Credit Union
  • Free car parking
  • Onsite canteen

Training and Development

  • Manual handling
  • Working at Heights
  • Abrasive wheels
  • Roadside Vehicle recovery
  • Training to Category D (bus) driving licence

Continuing your education with us

The Staff Study Scheme is designed to encourage our employees to acquire qualifications & skills which will assist in their personal development and enable them to give a greater contribution in their role and our services to the public.

What do our other former and current apprentices say?

Maintenance Manager - KevinMaintenance Manager - Kevin

I grew up around machinery and from an early age decided I wanted to be a mechanic. Bus Éireann 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 painting, 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 Éireann as an employer. There are many opportunities and different paths you can take to further your career.

Garage Supervisor - PaulGarage Supervisor - Paul

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 progressed to a 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 was promoted to Garage Supervisor in 2008. I can’t recommend Bus Éireann 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.


AVL Fleet Service Support Technician - LiamAVL Fleet Service Support Technician - Liam

If you have a genuine interest in being a Heavy Vehicle Mechanic, you won’t go wrong at Bus Éireann. High quality training, encouragement to look at things differently and adapt processes to keep moving forward; a modern growing fleet to work on in a changing industry with HGVs evolving to hybrid, electric and hydrogen technology.

There is always something new and interesting to be involved in. Don't be afraid to give it a go, and never be afraid to ask a question, there are no stupid questions. Asking someone that knows more than us is how we all learned.

Bus Éireann ticked all the boxes for me, a high reputation for maintenance quality and an impressive fleet from different manufacturers to learn about.
I was promoted to the positon of AVL Fleet Service Support Technician in 2018 which has helped me learn much more about the operating side of the Company. Bus Éireann has looked after me very well in my 12 years so far and I'm sure will continue to do so for years to come.

Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanic - SamanthaApprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanic - Samantha

I always had an interest in motors growing up, anything to do with engines. I completed a Fetac Level 5 Motor Vehicle Technician Course in TUD and knew this was something I wanted to pursue further. As a mature student, I was sceptical but all my colleagues have been more than helpful and have welcomed me with open arms.

It is a fun and enjoyable place to work as every day is different with new tasks and challenges. I can’t wait to see what my journey has in store.
I would highly recommend anyone starting their journey into mechanics to start with Bus Éireann, not just for the many benefits on offer but for the opportunity to achieve your maximum potential!