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A rewarding career

Could you be a bus driver? There are hundreds of opportunities to drive buses and coaches across the West of England. You can join more and more different people switching to a rewarding career that makes a massive difference to the lives of people in communities across the West of England and play a huge part in meeting our ambitious net zero targets.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris says: “Sorting the driver shortage is a vital step to fix the bus and coach network. Do you or someone you know fancy a career change? Then why not become a bus or coach driver? Your community needs your skills to get vital buses and coaches moving. Under my leadership I’m determined the West of England gets more drivers trained up.

If we’re going to have a quicker, more reliable, more affordable, bus network simply put we need more bus drivers. That’s why the West of England Combined Authority, led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris, is busy connecting residents and bus companies, and investing in training.

What next?

Upcoming Job Fairs

Visit one of the upcoming job fairs to find out how to become a bus driver and make a major contribution to the community.

9th February
2:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Victoria Street Jobcentre, 101 Victoria Street,
Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6PU

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10th February
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Park Centre, High Street,
Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 4AR

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14th February
Time TBC
Victoria Street Jobcentre, 101 Victoria Street,
Redcliffe, Bristol. BS1 6PU

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15th February
1:30 PM - 3.30 PM
Broadwalk Jobcentre, Broad Walk,
Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2QU

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16th February
Time TBC
Victoria Street Jobcentre, 101 Victoria Street,
Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6PU

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23rd February
11:00AM - 2:30 PM
City of Bristol College Skills Fair, South Bristol Skill Academy,
The Boulevard, Hengrove Park, Bristol, BS14 0DB

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24th February
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Horfield Jobcentre, 15 Monks Park Avenue,
Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0UD

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28th February
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Bedminster Jobcentre, 17-19 Kent Street,
Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 3NW

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3rd and 4th March
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bristol Job Show, Ground floor of Cabot Circus,
Bond St. S, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3BX

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Friday 10th March, 10AM - 2PM
Bath Careers Fair, Guildhall, High Street,
Bath, BA1 5AW

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Friday 28 APRIL 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bristol Jobs Fair, Ashton Gate Stadium,
Ashton Road, Bristol. BS3 2EJ

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What’s it like being a bus or coach driver?

Some say it’s a chance to have a job where you get thanked more than any other profession. That’s because drivers are respected people at the heart of communities, moving people to work, school, doctors appointments and the shops. Quite simply life would grind to a halt for many residents without bus drivers.

There is full training available. You will enjoy a competitive salary and a range of benefits which, depending on the company, can include free bus travel for you and your family and contribute to the reduction of traffic and carbon emissions. There are opportunities for flexible, term time only and part time working.

Drive for an income

Become a bus driver to fund studies

Callum turned to bus driving to help fund his University studies, and add some extra skills to his CV.

Student Callum Pringle (19) has ambitions of flying high one day taking the controls of a commercial airline to get people to destinations across the world. For now, he is happy with his feet firmly on the ground working for bus operator Stagecoach as a driver in his spare time, helping local people get to where they need to be across the region.

Drive to learn new skills

Become a bus driver in just 6 weeks

Didi from Romania is now a confident driver in the UK after moving from Romania to the UK and having 6 weeks training.

Didi is a coach driver for Bakers Dolphin and has not looked back since he joined the company last year.

See the region and beyond

Drive to see the region

Ryan Holt was initially inspired to work as a coach driver from his Grandad who used to work for Bakers Dolphin.

Now he travels to exciting locations including Longleat, Harry Potter Studios, even Lake Garda in Italy!

A change of career

Drive a bus to start a new career

People from all walks of life and backgrounds can be a bus driver, there are shift patterns to suit everyone.

Andy Ballentine decided to try coach driving after redundancy and now enjoys travelling the South West and beyond and meeting people.

Take action

Where to next?

Contact Skills For Logistics on email:

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