If you're interested in becoming one of our brilliant bus drivers - apply today using our driver application form Please make sure you have all of your previous work experience and licence to hand when completing the form. You must also have held a UK driving licence for two years.
Competitive pay rate of £23,160 increasing to £26,506 after 12 month's service
Holiday entitlement of 28 days per year which increases to 33 days after 5 year's service
Contributory Pension Scheme, after 3 months continuous service
Free travel on our buses for you and your family
Great opportunities to develop and progress within the organisation
What happens once I apply?
We’ll get back to you by phone or email within ten working days, if you’ve been successful.
We will contact you and arrange a quick, 10-minute phone interview, where we’ll talk about your driving experience and driving history, any customer service experience and knowledge of our buses, and answer any burning questions you have. Don’t worry, it’s ok if you don’t have customer service experience and you haven’t used our buses before.
You’ll be given a date for your selection day, which will take place within four weeks. We have two selection days a week at Brighton & Hove (Tuesday and Thursday) and one a week in Crawley (Tuesday), although we’re hoping to add Fridays soon.
What happens on selection days?
First off, we’ll check your licence details and tell you all about Brighton & Hove Buses and Metrobus, then there’ll be a verbal and written highway code test and a basic numeracy test (calculators allowed). You will also need to pass a breath test.
Next, we’ll take you out for a drive in a company vehicle, usually an 8-seater minibus – not a bus, unless you hold a PCV licence - for around 25 minutes and see how you get on. After that, you’ll have a short interview with one of our training team.
If successful, you’ll get a provisional job offer, subject to a basic medical. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do press ups! We’ll firm up a start date as soon as you get your Provisional D entitlement added and have your licence back from the DVLA. This is usually within three weeks, provided there are no health issues.
What’s the training like?
You’ll get 4 to 6 weeks’ training covering theory and hazard perception, checking your vehicle and practical driving skills. There will be an instructor with you the whole time you’re out on the road and they can slow down or stop the bus, if necessary. They will also prepare you for your driving test. You will be paid during your training and we cover the cost of training.
Once you’ve passed your driving test
Once you’ve passed out from training and been released to depot, you’ll be allocated an instructor from your depot who will mentor you and accompany you on every journey during your first week, as well as helping you learn the route.
At six weeks, you’ll come back to the Training Department for a refresher to check how you’re going, and we’ll ask if you need extra support. They’ll be further checks at six and nine months.
Our GPS Control Room is there as a back-up for all our drivers and is in constant radio contact, helping you to negotiate roadworks and running times. Our response team will come out to you, if you need further support, e.g. if there’s a mechanical fault on the bus.
We value and support our drivers, so you won’t be left on your own.
Disability Confident Committed
We are proud to be a Disability Confident Committed Employer and have committed to:
- ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
- communicating and promoting vacancies
- offering an interview to disabled people
- anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
- supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
- at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people