Bus company recruiting to fill 425 posts
PRIVATE bus company Go-Ahead Ireland is recruiting as it prepares to take over a number of bus routes, including the 45A, 184, and 185 Dublin Bus routes serving north Wicklow.
The roles will be company-wide and include up to 350 bus drivers as well as engineers, maintenance support, mechanics, planners, operational and administrative personnel.
Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland, said the company wants to ‘ hear from anyone who is interested in working with us.
‘Since being awarded the contract to run 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) bus routes by the National Transport Authority (NTA) last August, we have been building our Dublin operation in preparation for a phased rollout commencing September 2018.’
Most of the roles being recruited for are bus drivers, reflecting the NTA contract win and the increased use of public transport in the ODMA. Drivers can expect to earn up to €32,000 per annum with opportunities for further earnings and benefits.
Go-Ahead Ireland will cover the cost of bus driver training and acquiring the necessary D licence which equates to €4,000 per driver.
‘We have taken this decision to encourage people who don’t currently have the necessary D licence, but want to drive a bus, to apply and we believe this will open up the positions to a much wider group of people, who might not have considered a career in transport before,’ said Mr Wills.
When the new bus drivers and maintenance support colleagues are recruited, they will be working on existing routes, beginning in September 2018 and completing by end January 2019. The buses are easy access for wheelchairs and buggies and will include USB chargers and wifi.
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