Be a Team Pennine Driver Day invites motorists to take the wheel for real in Huddersfield – and maybe drive straight on to a new career!
It must be one of the most-muttered phrases in car parks all over the land … “See that space – I could drive a bus through there!“
Now West Yorkshire’s newest bus operator, Team Pennine, is inviting drivers to turn those words into action and take the wheel of a bus for real.
The bus firm is to host a unique ‘Be A Team Pennine Driver Day’ on Saturday (20th November 2021) from 10am until 2pm at its Waterloo depot in Huddersfield, and anyone with a car licence can simply turn up and prove they’ve got what it takes to handle a double-decker in the tightest of situations.
The challenge is being offered to show motorists that with Team Pennine’s expert training and support, driving a bus is well within their capabilities – and for those encouraged by the experience, the bus firm is fast-tracking applications to join its team and drive straight on to a brand-new career.
Team Pennine are also looking to welcome qualified bus drivers attracted by the prospect of higher pay and investment in newer buses, in line with parent firm Transdev’s promise to replace one in two of the vehicles it took over from previous operator Yorkshire Tiger in July.
The bus firm is promising to fast-track applications to get on-board with its driving team, and there’s an extra incentive for those who already hold a current bus drivers’ PCV licence – a £1,000 welcome bonus to all qualified bus drivers on joining the company.
Team Pennine’s General Manager Joy Devine said: “Our ‘Be a Team Pennine Driver Day’ is a chance for motorists aged 18 or over who think they could easily drive a bus through the narrowest of gaps to come along, show us your driving licence and then try it for real – and while you’re here, meet our training team who can show you how it’s done.
“Today’s buses have become easier to drive thanks to the latest technology, although as motorists who take up our challenge on Saturday will soon discover, there’s also an element of skill required at the wheel!
“As well as taking one of our buses for a test drive and showing us what you can do, this Saturday’s event will be an ideal opportunity to find out more about joining our friendly team in Huddersfield and Elland and becoming a fully-fledged bus driver with us.
“Driving with us is a ticket to a great career earning up to £24,500 a year with up to 25 days holiday per year, and an excellent benefits package including free travel for you and your partner on our buses and many others across the North of England. Our industry-leading ‘StepUp’ people-development programme also offers plenty of opportunities to progress to more senior roles.”
Team Pennine says motorists considering a new career as a bus driver should bring their car driving licence and right to work documents to Saturday’s event – for British citizens that means a British passport, or a document with full name and National Insurance number, plus a birth certificate. Information for those from outside Britain is available online at: https://www.gov.uk/prove-right-to-work.
Be A Team Pennine Driver Day is on Saturday (20 November 2021) at the Waterloo bus depot, Penistone Road, Huddersfield HD5 8QU. More information on career opportunities with Team Pennine and parent firm Transdev’s other bus companies across the North is available online at: transdevbus.co.uk/work-for-us.