Jobs boost for bus firm

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A Heanor transport company is set to employ 50 new bus drivers as part of its on-going expansion.

Your Bus is seeking more drivers as part of plans to add a further 20 buses to its fleet of over 100 vehicles.

It has joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service, Jobcentre Plus and Vision Apprentices – part of Mansfield-based West Nottinghamshire College – to recruit the new employees, who will start out as apprentices.

General manager Stephen Bryce said: “We started three years ago with just seven buses and ten drivers and now employ 250 people, managing a fleet of 101 vehicles. As we continue to expand, we need more drivers to provide the safe and reliable bus services that our communities depend on. Investing in our workforce by taking on motivated apprentices will hopefully equip us for an even brighter future.”

A recruitment event at Heanor Town Hall on Friday, August 17, held to find the first 20 drivers, saw candidates complete various exercises as part of the next stage of the application process. The candidates also learned more about what the job and apprenticeship programme involves.

Successful applicants will undergo a six-week training programme leading to a PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) licence. They will also combine their on-the-job training with working towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification in driving passenger vehicles which includes customer service, emergency first aid and vehicle maintenance. A second round of recruitment is set for January 2013, which will see a further 30 trainee drivers appointed by the company.

Roy Pearce, of Vision Apprentices, said: “There’s been a huge level of interest in these vacancies – with more than 190 candidates put forward by Jobcentre Plus.”