Local pupils experience working life at National Express

National Express Dundee is supporting local school pupils looking for a taste of working life. 

The bus operator is working alongside Enable Scotland to give young people with additional learning needs the chance to see what it’s like to work in a busy bus depot. 

As part of the charity’s Stepping Up project, youngsters are able to link up with local businesses such as National Express Dundee for a work experience placement.  16 year old Stephen Hardie from Braeview Academy has spent one day a week for the past six weeks helping and observing in the company’s engineering department. 

Enable Scotland Transitions Co-ordinator Lynn MacDonald says opportunities like this can provide a real boost:

“Stephen’s placement with National Express Dundee has been so good for him; I’ve seen a big improvement in his confidence and self-esteem.  All the staff at the company have been great with him and helped give him a realistic glimpse of working life. 

“The aim of this programme is to introduce pupils with additional support needs to the world of work, and it’s great to have companies like National Express Dundee on board to help us achieve this.”

National Express Dundee Engineering Manager Frank Sheach said:

“We are glad to give the young people in the Stepping Up project a closer look at what it’s like to work in the transport industry.  We have an excellent, highly-skilled engineering team here at National Express Dundee and we also regularly train school-leavers through our Apprenticeship programme. 

“I hope Stephen and any other pupils interested in the bus business will find their visits here inspiring and that what they experience with us will help set them off on their journey towards working life.”

Published 13th May 2015