A Plymouth bus company has launched a major recruitment drive after having had to temporarily suspend routes due to the shortage of drivers in the country.
Plymouth Citybus, part of the Go-Ahead group, offers full-time positions with all the training provided and a host of benefits to attract applicants. He said anyone 19 years of age or older who has held a driver’s license for at least a year can apply.
In September 2021, the company was forced to temporarily suspend more than 100 routes due to a shortage of drivers. This was in part due to staff availability due to a high level of staff illness which has been a problem for many transport operators.
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But nationwide, there is a shortage of bus drivers with 4,000 bus drivers reportedly quitting their jobs to become truck drivers – and earn more money. This resulted in the cancellation of routes in Scotland, the North East and the South West, including Plymouth.
Plymouth Citybus, now part of Go South West alongside Go Cornwall Bus, is looking for new workers by offering Â£ 12.25 an hour for a weekly contract of at least 40 hours.
The company also offers a range of benefits, including: free training; free bus transport for the employee and a designated person, as well as dependents under the age of 19; a health care plan; staff discounts at various retailers.
Alan Griffin decided to become a bus driver in Plymouth after retiring from the police. With a good knowledge of the area and a lot of experience in discussions with the public, he said it was the ideal solution.
He said, âEvery day, every hour is different. You can see parts of the city that you wouldn’t normally see at times when you wouldn’t normally see them.
âAnd anyone can get on the bus at any time – you have about three seconds to gauge where to start your conversation. If you pick up passengers from Derriford Hospital, for example, you have no idea what happened to them 20 minutes ago, they could have had terrible news or something really good could have happened. .
âIt’s really a customer service job – I didn’t want to be stuck at a desk staring at the same four walls, and it gives me what I need. “
Plymouth Citybus recently received the Investors in People, Platinum and Queen’s Award for Enterprise – two accolades given to outstanding companies – and the Employer of the Year at the Plymouth Armed Forces Awards for his continued work to help those who leave the Armed Forces in civilian employment.
With its own driver training school, Plymouth Citybus has said it can give drivers the skills they need to obtain their Passenger Carrier Vehicle (PCV) license, as well as knowledge of the route and customer service skills to get new employees on the road, all from them. Milehouse bus depot.
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Mr Griffin said: âJust talk to them – the people who work for Plymouth Citybus are good people. Everyone is united, not just the managers, everyone is happy to talk. Talk to the training team, come to a recruiting day, it’s all here to give you the tools you need to get the job done.
Anyone interested in knowing more about becoming a driver can contact Sophie at [emailÂ protected], by calling 01752 264299 or by visiting www.plymouthbus.co.uk.
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