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Ever thought of being a bus driver? Metrobus launches film going behind the scenes as they look to recruit more drivers

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Brighton & Hove and Metrobus’ drivers share their stories about what it’s really like to drive a bus in a new film aimed at recruiting more drivers. 

It’s a peek behind the scenes of a driver’s typical day, beginning with daily vehicle checks, driving different bus routes, socialising in the canteen and paying-in at the end of the day.  

In it, drivers discuss how they feel about their jobs and the benefits of becoming a driver, like good pay, pension and holidays; job security; social life; a varied workday and independence.   

Whitehawk driver and driver mentor Elisa Harkness said she agreed to take part in the film because she wanted to give people an insider’s view on what the job was like. 

“No two days are the same, driving in and around Brighton and Crawley you get to see the real culture of both places,” Elisa said. “The work life is good fun and our fellow drivers are great. I’ve loved meeting so many new people.” 

Elisa said drivers were ‘fully supported’ from day one of the six weeks’ paid training. When they’d qualified and were out on the road, there was always someone to ask for help or advice. 

The film helps launch the bus company’s upcoming recruitment events, two of which are aimed specifically at women, as part of the company’s Women Behind the Wheel campaign.   

Training Department Co-ordinator Paul Waite said:

“Right from the outset, we wanted our drivers to talk about their jobs – rather than getting actors or scripting it – to give it a natural feeling. We made it as honest as possible.  

“We covered as many possible aspects of a driver’s daily role and chosen a cross-section of drivers that people could relate to.”  

Elisa summed up the main message behind the film, which is to give bus driving a try:

“Go for it! It’s a chance worth taking. I’ve met some of the most incredible people on my journey and I’m only five years in. It’s flown by.” 

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“This film gives a real sense of who we are and what it’s like to work here. Our drivers put their hearts and souls into what they do and that’s what we look for when we take people on: that spark and that realisation that we are about much more than getting people from A to B. 

“Yes, we want people with good driving skills, but they also need to be good communicators and to want to serve our communities.” 

Martin said the company was particularly keen to employ as diverse a workforce as possible. For example, the company has a target of women making up at least 20% of its colleagues by 2024. 

You can watch the film here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA4K6vrYT1o&feature=youtube  

To find out more about bus driving careers: https://www.metrobus.co.uk/driver-vacancies/

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Crawley pupils told they can either accept, use mock grades or take exam when results are announced this week

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West Sussex pupils will receive their A/AS Level and GCSE grades over the next week in very different circumstances this year.

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic denied students the chance to sit any of their final exams. They will instead be given calculated grades based on an assessment of a range of their work.

The Department for Education yesterday announced that pupils will be given the option to accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive their mock results if higher, or sit an optional autumn written exam.

Many will be celebrating getting what they need to further their education or training and others will be getting ready to enter employment. As ever there will be those who didn’t get the grades needed or are unsure about what to do next – and for these young people help is available to them from the careers advice service run by West Sussex County Council.

Tania Corn is one of the council’s careers advisors on hand to offer guidance.

Tania said:

“If you receive your results and they’re not what you were expecting or you’re unsure what to do next, it can all feel a bit scary or overwhelming. It’s good to talk things through to see what direction to go in.

“Please do call or email the careers team. You’ll be able to register and receive one-to-one support from one of our advisors. They’ll be able to discuss your situation and help you consider your options.”

A/AS Level results day takes place on 13 August 2020 with GSCE results day a week later on 20 August.

The DfE has announced that it won’t publish results from English schools as normal later this year, including results from primary schools, and confirmed that 2020 grades won’t count in measuring a school’s performance.

Nigel Jupp, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“The pandemic has been tough on so many and for young people aged 16 to 18, it has come at a crucial time in their education.

“Much hard work will have gone into preparing to sit final exams, so I thank these young people for being so adaptable, and their schools for supporting them so well. They have even been denied the tradition of going into school to collect results and say goodbye to teachers and classmates.

“These young people have shown remarkable resilience which will stand them in good stead for the future. I cannot thank them, and their teachers enough for all their hard work and flexibility during what has been such a disruptive time.

“I hope that those in need of some guidance get in touch with our careers advisors, who are there to help them.”

You can contact the careers team by calling 0330 222 2700 or email careersadvice@westsussex.gov.uk

More information is available on our BacktoSchool webpages

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