National Express Dundee’s recruitment drive is continuing, as the bus operator prepares to participate in a Jobs Fair at the Caird Hall tomorrow (Thursday 25 September).
The company has welcomed a steady stream of trainee drivers through its doors in the past year, and has already successfully put more than 30 new employees behind the wheel since last October.
One of the newest members of staff at the East Dock Street depot is Joanne Radley, who’s recently moved back to Scotland after living in England for 43 years.
Joanne’s followed her husband Paul into employment with National Express Dundee, as they both already had experience of driving buses for Arriva Yorkshire, as well as working for Stagecoach in Barnsley. After a number of years running a pub, the pair decided to move north to Dundee, where they’ve lived since February.
Joanne, who has three grown up children and a granddaughter, says it’s been great to get back behind the wheel:
“We both still have our PCV licences, so we don’t have to take the test again, it’s just been a case of refreshing our skills on the various types of vehicles and the new routes. The instructors at National Express Dundee are fantastic – they take their roles very seriously but they also make you feel at ease.
“I’m originally from Lancashire but I lived in Tealing until I was five. I’ve been trying to come back to Scotland for many years and now I just love living here. We’re glad to be in Dundee and delighted to be back on the buses too.”
National Express Dundee employs around 350 permanent drivers, engineers and office staff. Drivers’ wages start at just under £9 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.
Each new employee 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.
Operations Manager Andy Shaw said:
“We are one of the largest employers in Dundee and we will always welcome applications from people who are keen to work with us. We are looking for people who make safety their top priority and 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.”
Anyone interested in working for National Express Dundee can receive more information at the company’s stand at the Jobs Fair at Caird Hall this Thursday 25th September, 12pm – 5pm.
Published 24th September 2014