Bus com­pany re­cruit­ing to fill 425 posts

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

Niki Dono­hoe (cen­tre) with Aoife O’Leary and Keelin Nielsen Dono­hoe at the open­ing of her new bridal shop, Dreamy Curves Bridal, on Bray’s Main Street.

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