Magnificent Seven pass their tests!

Driver Training Officer Ann Carty with the seven trainees February 2014

National Express Dundee is welcoming seven new drivers onto its workforce as its recruitment campaign continues. 

The bus operator is aiming to fill a number of vacancies, and is in the process of training around a dozen new recruits, seven of whom last week passed the crucial driving test which awards them a PCV licence.

Each of the new employees spends around six weeks being trained in driving, road theory, health and safety, incident awareness and customer service.  They are also given a mentor who will continue to give instruction on routes and procedures before finally getting behind the wheel to drive their own bus.

National Express Dundee employs around 350 permanent drivers, engineers and office staff.  Drivers' wages start at just over £8.50 an hour for those who've passed their test, rising to £10 per hour after a few months - and the company offers an attractive benefits package, including up to six weeks' holidays, a pension and free bus travel.
Assistant Operations Manager James Jaye said: "We are one of the largest employers in Dundee and we have an excellent record of loyal, dedicated and long-serving staff.  We will always welcome applications from people who are keen to work with us - but just having an interest in buses or driving is not enough; we are looking for people who want to deliver an excellent quality of service to meet the expectations of our customers.  In return, we can offer a well-paid, permanent, pensionable position and a rewarding career in the public transport industry."

Pictured: Driver Training Officer Ann Carty with the seven trainees who are the latest to gain their PCV licences: (Top row: Daniel Robertson, Craig Elrick, Rakesh Sahi, Billy Cassidy and bottom row: Ian Davidson, Iain Melville, Jamie Mills)

Published 3rd February 2014