Recruiting more bus drivers for better services
There are jobs for around 200 bus drivers and if we find them, people will enjoy better services. That’s the message from Metro Mayor Dan Norris as he works with bus companies to get to grips with the bus driver shortage.
On a recent visit to a bus depot, the Metro Mayor spoke with current drivers about what they like about their roles including the flexibility, variety, and of course, meeting passengers. Some say that being a bus driver means a job in the most thanked profession in the world.
The Mayor is also supporting a bus driver recruitment team, funded by the West of England Combined Authority, helping bus companies across the region to target new would-be drivers.
The recruitment drive is being backed by tailored careers support and training from the West of England Combined Authority with a single access point for people interested in becoming a bus driver.
A region-wide campaign featuring current drivers that highlights the rewards of driving a bus will kick off shortly as well as targeted work to encourage more women and people from ethnic minorities who are currently underrepresented in the industry to consider driving a bus.
For more information on becoming a bus driver, please visit the bus driver campaign page.