Lights! Camera! Action! Yellow Buses’ duo star in campaign

David Squire, Managing Director of Yellow Buses.

Two apprentices at Yellow Buses were chosen by the Educational Development Trust to take part in a national campaign.

Charlie Seymour and Ryan Pestell star in promotional videos that were launched during National Apprenticeship Week.

Ryan joined the Bournemouth-based operator in 2015 as an HGV technician apprentice and Charlie is a first year mechanical apprentice.

Both describe the advantages of learning on the job and how the guidance of staff has helped develop their knowledge and skills.

The videos were made by the Trust for the National Careers Service and are designed to encourage more students to consider apprenticeships.

In his video, Ryan said about the scheme: “You can earn money, progress your knowledge and learn a trade.

“It’s a great opportunity to take part in a three year programme where you can learn vital skills for life.”

Ryan Pestell, an apprentice at Yellow Buses who features in a video campaign by the National Careers Service.

Ryan explained that one-to-one tuition enabled him to develop quickly during his first two years and is now able to carry out work on his own.

Charlie, in his video, said: “The reason I became an apprentice was that I was better at hands-on jobs rather than just sitting in a classroom.”

Charlie Seymour, an apprentice at Yellow Buses who features in a video campaign by the National Careers Service.

He added: “What I enjoy most is socialising with other people and different mechanics and learning different ways about how to do the jobs.

“Apprenticeships are a great idea because you earn as your learn.”

Ryan and Charlie are among ten apprentices at Yellow Buses and managing director David Squire is a great believer in the scheme.

He said: “Yellow Buses has a long track record of bringing through apprentices and promoting people from within.

“Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to learn a trade and build a career.

“At Yellow Buses we have apprentices in many different areas and we hope they will go on to enjoy long careers within the industry.”


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Pic caption: Charlie and Ryan



Note to journalists:


For more information, please contact: Andrew Diprose, Director, Deep South Media Ltd, PR consultants to Yellow Buses, on 01202 534487, or Ed Baker on 01202 534487 or 07788 392965.

About Yellow Buses: Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 140 buses and 16 coaches with more than 410 staff.

The company carries just under 15m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area.

Yellow Buses is part of RATP Group, the world’s fifth largest public transport provider.


RATP Dev in the United Kingdom and Ireland

The United Kingdom is a strategic market for RATP Dev with revenues in excess of £300 million and a workforce of over 4,500.

RATP Dev’s presence in the United Kingdom comprises the following activities:


  • RATP Dev London, through its subsidiaries London United, London Sovereign and Quality Line:

–        employs 3,400 staff

–        operates more than 1,000 buses under contract to Transport for London (TfL)

–        transports more than 200 million passengers per annum in the British capital


  • Under the Yellow Buses brand, RATP Dev’s subsidiary Bournemouth Transport operates award-winning commercial bus services in and around Bournemouth.  Further de-regulated bus services are provided also by the Bath Bus Company.


  • RATP Dev has significant coach operations, primarily through Epsilon Travel (Surrey) and Selwyns Travel (Cheshire).


  • RATP Dev is a major player in the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing bus tour activity.  Following its 2014 acquisition of The Original London Sightseeing Tour, RATP Dev now has operations of this kind in London, as well as Paris and New York.


  • In 2015, RATP Dev launched Slide, an innovative minibus service in Bristol, using digital technology to offer personalised transport to non-bus users on a route and at a time of their choosing via an app.


About RATP Dev

Founded in 2002, RATP Dev operates and maintains urban transportation systems in 14 countries on four continents (United Kingdom, France, Italy, Switzerland, Algeria, Morocco, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India, China, South Korea, the Philippines, and the United States of America). With more than 1.5 billion passengers travelling on its networks every year, RATP Dev demonstrates every day its extensive and renowned expertise in a wide range of mobility services, ranging from rail, regional express rail, tramway, to bus, cable car and sightseeing activities. RATP Dev leverages in France, outside of Paris, and across international markets, the technical expertise and experience of RATP Group, the leader in driverless and tramway operations and operator of the Paris network, one of the largest public transportation networks in the world.


About RATP Group

With nearly 16 million daily passengers worldwide, RATP Group is the fifth largest urban transportation operator in the world. With its 14 metro lines (including two driverless lines), two regional express rail lines, seven tramway lines and 350 bus lines, the multimodal network operated by RATP in the Paris region is the largest in the world to be managed by a single company.


RATP Group can devise, design and implement infrastructure development projects, operate and maintain networks irrespective of the mode of transportation (metro, regional train, tramway and bus) and develop innovative services to promote mobility (including passenger information, remote ticketing, pricing and customer marketing). The automation of the Paris metro’s line 1 completed at the end of 2012 is a world’s first and once again demonstrated RATP Group skill in concluding particularly complex projects.

RATP Group exports its know-how all over the world; in engineering through Systra, its subsidiary jointly owned with SNCF, in operations and maintenance via its wholly-owned RATP Dev subsidiary and in innovative services to promote mobility through its IXXI subsidiary.

RATP Group has a workforce of nearly 60,000 employees worldwide and in 2016 generated revenue of 5.4 billion euros.