Steve learns how National Express are helping oil the wheels of the economy
Steve visited the Training facility, based in the West Midlands, accompanied by Managing Director Peter Coates, and Mark Simcox, Head of Training and Recruitment Bus Division.
Mark explained how National Express has developed a pro-recruitment strategy and wants to encourage local people into local jobs. The company are taking charge of driver training and recruitment which is driving up standards, taking a more holistic approach to employment.
Last year approximately 4,500 people applied to National Express to be a trainee Driver and 420 of those were taken on and gained a bus driver licence. National Express has another 100 vacancies to fill this year. These 100 new employees will eventually join a workforce of 5,000 across the West Midlands.
Steve took the National Express Bus Driver Challenge while he was visiting, where he drove a bus round a course which is used as the first test for trainee drivers.
“Visiting the training centre and having the opportunity to drive a national express bus has really opened my eyes, there really is more to being a bus driver than I initially thought.
“It is great to see National Express taking charge of their own training and recruitment, by doing this they can properly plan for the future and ensure standards are always getting better.
“I was very interested to hear about the company’s continual employee development, which aims to improve professional competence on a rolling basis even after someone becomes a professional bus driver.
“National Express is the biggest employer in Billesley, which is in my constituency, I am really pleased to see that they are investing in their employees and also continuing to improve the service they offer to public transport users.
“It is great to hear that National Express have another 100 job vacancies, it offers great opportunities for anyone looking for a job and I am glad they are investing so much time and money back into the company.”