Join us as a bus driver and who knows where you can go....
If you are an enthusiastic, motivated and friendly person who would like to be a professional bus driver, whether you currently hold a PCV licence or not we would like to hear from you. As one of our drivers you are the face of the Company, acting as a brand ambassador for us - whether it is through professional driving or greeting each intending customer with a smile.
We are looking for people who:
- Live within 30 miles of the nearest depot
- Have a valid licence giving entitlement to drive in the UK, without disqualification (maximum of 3 penalty points)
- Willing and able to work shifts including weekends and some Bank Holidays
- It would be fantastic if you have previous experience in a customer services role – but not essential
- PCV Holders - £12.64 - plus overtime rates
- Training Rate - £9.28 (4/5 weeks)
- 1st-year drivers - £10.21 plus overtime rates
- 28 days holiday per year
- Contributory Pension Scheme, after 3 months continuous service
- Free travel on our buses for you and your family
- Great opportunities to develop and progress
- To apply using our online form click here - you will be taken to the Brighton & Hove Bus Company application form, Metrobus and Brighton & Hove Buses are one company
If you would like further information please e-mail email@example.com or call our recruitment department on 01273 886139.
What happens once I apply?
We’ll get back to you by phone or email within ten working days, if you’ve been successful.
We will contact you and arrange a quick, 10-minute phone interview, where we’ll talk about your driving experience and driving history, any customer service experience and knowledge of our buses, and answer any burning questions you have. Don’t worry, it’s ok if you don’t have customer service experience and you haven’t used our buses before.
You’ll be given a date for your selection day, which will take place within four weeks. We have two selection days a week at Brighton & Hove (Tuesday and Thursday) and one a week in Crawley (Tuesday), although we’re hoping to add Fridays soon.
What happens on selection days?
First off, we’ll check your licence details and tell you all about Metrobus and Brighton & Hove Buses, then there’ll be a verbal and written highway code test and a basic numeracy test (calculators allowed). You will also need to pass a drug and alcohol screening.
Next, we’ll take you out for a drive in a company vehicle, usually an 8-seater minibus – not a bus, unless you hold a PCV licence - for around 25 minutes and see how you get on. After that, you’ll have a short interview with one of our training team.
If successful, you’ll get a provisional job offer, subject to a medical, which checks you meet the DVLA medical standards to hold a PCV (category D entitlement) licence. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do press ups! We’ll firm up a start date as soon as you get your Provisional D entitlement added and have your licence back from the DVLA. This is usually within three weeks, provided there are no health issues.
What’s the training like?
You’ll get 4 to 6 weeks’ training covering theory and hazard perception, checking your vehicle and practical driving skills. There will be an instructor with you the whole time you’re out on the road and they can slow down or stop the bus, if necessary. They will also prepare you for your driving test. You will be paid during your training and we cover the cost of training.
Once you’ve passed your driving test
Once you’ve passed out from training and been released to depot, you’ll be allocated an instructor from your depot who will mentor you and accompany you on every journey during your first week, as well as helping you learn the route.
At six weeks, you’ll come back to the Training Department for a refresher to check how you’re going, and we’ll ask if you need extra support. They’ll be further checks at six and nine months.
Our Control Office is there as a back-up for all our drivers and is in constant radio contact, helping you to negotiate roadworks and running times. Our team will come out to you, if you need further support, e.g. if there’s a mechanical fault on the bus.
We value and support our drivers, so you won’t be left on your own.
Metrobus is an equal opportunity employer.