Coast community takes unique approach to filling driver shortages

An operator in the Central Coast is using different ways to recruit new bus drivers

Coast community takes unique approach to filling driver shortages
The Central Coast operator is doing things differently to attract drivers into the industry

An Australian coastal town is taking a different method to luring more bus drivers into the region’s transport industry.

Transport operator Busways is looking for casual bus drivers in the Central Coast communities of Wyong and Gosford.

The operators require drivers to complete up to 40 hours per week including charter runs and the weekday school bus runs.

But it’s taking a new approach to recruiting new drivers into the fold.

Busways called for residents who wanted a reliable job that also leaves time for other interests throughout the middle of the day to try out bus driving at the Busways Wyong Depot Open Day on Saturday.

Through this, Busways is hopeful it can offer opportunities for people to move into permanent part-time or full-time roles as bus drivers for Busways.

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The sessions were conducted in Woongarrah on Saturday, offering people the chance to test drive a bus in safe locations with full supervision from Busways’ experienced driver trainers.

This follows a recent Busways program at its Gosford Depot Open Day where locals had a go at driving buses through back streets in Kincumber.

Busways says people who pass the initial bus driving test will move onto the next longer drive test before facing a medium rigid licence upgrade, driver authority course and medical.

The operator says full training is provided to help prospective drivers obtain a licence required to become a bus driver.

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