Bus Éireann is launching a new campaign to recruit more women bus drivers.
The transport company is hosting an open day in Cork on Saturday between 10am and 4pm to provide information on the job to potential candidates.
The company currently has openings for new drivers nationwide and it is actively encouraging applications from women. Saturday's event is part of a series of open days around the country this weekend
John Sheridan of Bus Éireann said the company wants to encourage more women to apply for new roles. “Traditionally the majority of our drivers have been male but that is changing, and we want to encourage more women to consider it as a career option."
"We hope that by attending one of our open days, in Dublin, Cork or Galway, interested applicants will see that it is an attractive career option and one that it is equally available to men and women.”
Rhonda has been driving for Bus Éireann for 12 years. “When I was a young girl, I saw a female Bus Éireann driver and thought one day I would like to do that. I then took the plunge and got my bus licence and with no driving experience, I arrived into Bus Éireann for an open day 11 years ago and was hired. It was by far one of my best decisions. I love my job as you get to travel the country and meet loads of new and interesting characters,” she said.
Those attending the open days around the country have an opportunity to meet with women who are currently working as drivers with Bus Éireann, as well as with operational and HR staff who can talk through the role.
For more information on our Open Day for Women, visit www.buseireann.ie/WomenDrivers.
As well as drivers, Bus Éireann is also recruiting a number of Apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanics this year and the company is also encouraging applications from females for these positions. Last year they marked the employment of their first female apprentice.
For more information visit www.buseireann.ie/Apprentices.