Fancy a career change - how about driving a bus?

New driver trainees at First Glasgow Caledonia Depot.Trainee drivers Donna Scullion and Marie Robertson with trainer Ian McFadden
New driver trainees at First Glasgow Caledonia Depot.Trainee drivers Donna Scullion and Marie Robertson with trainer Ian McFadden

It’s one of those things all wee boys dream of - driving a double decker bus.And now that dream can become a reality for lots of ‘wee boys and girls’.

Bus operator First Glasgow has announced plans for a Driver Open Day as part of its recruitment drive for fresh talent.

The company has vacancies for trainee and qualified bus drivers at its depots in Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

For trainees, experience is no barrier. You just have to be aged 18 or over, have a clean licence and are required to pass a number of straightforward introductory tests. Qualified drivers with a valid Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence will already be well on the way to a great career with First.

The open day will take place at the company’s new state-of- the-art Caledonia depot in Glasgow and at its depot in Blantyre on Saturday, 29 October.

As part of the recruitment drive, First Glasgow is offering an enhanced pay and rewards package for new drivers, which includes the introduction of paid training on entry.

The new package for fresh starts was recently agreed by First Glasgow and the drivers’ union and includes:

The introduction of paid training for new starts

Starter rate increased from £8.50/hr to £9.00/hr

Automatic progression to the driver rate after just 12 months

For drivers who stay more than 12 months, all training costs are covered

Prospective drivers visiting the First depots will have the chance to chat with the local teams, see the facilities and gain lots of advice on a rewarding career as a bus driver.

First Glasgow said it has launched the recruitment drive because an increasingly competitive jobs market has led to a drop-off in applicants. These vacancies provide an accessible path to a full-time career, work-based qualifications and a generous package of pay and benefits.

First Delegated Driving Examiner, Linda McNeish, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for a new and exciting challenge. “Being a bus driver really does put you in the driving seat in your career, with great training and development opportunities, and the chance to work as part of a fabulous team at First Glasgow.”

The Open Day takes place from 10am -2pm on Saturday, October 29 at:

Caledonia Depot, 100 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, G42 7BH

Blantyre Depot, 5 Glasgow Road, Glasgow G72 0LA

More details are available on the First Glasgow website.