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Kyle McLeod has had one destination in sight for as long as he can remember.

The 20-year-old wanted a mechanical engineering Modern Apprenticeship with Lothian Buses. 

Kyle worked as a greenkeeper after leaving Musselburgh Grammar and then as a general assistant at Lothian Buses’ central garage.

“I had been hoping to do a Modern Apprenticeship and was over the moon when I started as an apprentice four months ago,” explained Kyle.

“I enjoy what I do here and the people I work with are always ready to help you with whatever you need and show you what to do. It’s been great.”

Kyle McLeod

The self-confessed petrolhead spends his time off building cars, motorcycles and bikes and showing his skill at ‘drifting’ cars at Crail and Knockhill circuits.

Kyle’s manager is depot engineer Gordon Mackay, who said the Wallyford apprentice is doing well and has made good progress since he joined the team.

Lothian Buses engineering director Bill Devlin is also pleased with the contribution Kyle has made since starting his training.

The company has recruited 46 Modern Apprentices since 2012 and Bill believes the best attributes apprentices can have – apart from mechanical skills – are the right attitude, willingness to work as part of a team and good communication skills, all of which Kyle possesses.

“We support apprenticeships because they bring a long term security to the business and they will help us survive for the future. It also allows us to train the apprentices in the skills that are very particular to Lothian Buses.”

Bill Devlin, Lothian Buses engineering director

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