Ukrainian refugees to be offered recruitment day by Stagecoach West

By Jessica Durston - 21 November 2022

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Stagecoach West will be holding a Bus Driver recruitment day this week aimed specifically at Ukrainian refugees.

The event, organised in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, is being held at Stagecoach West’s Bristol Depot on Wednesday 23 November. 

Alongside Stagecoach personnel, Dan Norris, Mayor of the West of England will also be in attendance.

Stagecoach says a change in Government legislation has resulted in Ukrainian refugees receiving immediate settlement status and the opportunity to work in the UK straight away. 

Ukrainians are invited to the recruitment event on 23 November, between 10am - 2pm. It will be held at Stagecoach West, Pegasus Park, Gipsy Patch Ln, Little Stoke, Bristol BS34 6QD

The bus company say those who attend must have been assessed by the Department for Work and Pensions on the basis of having a driver’s licence and a good understanding of English written and verbal communication skills that are essential for the positions offered.

Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director, Stagecoach West said: “We’re delighted to be a part of this initiative which not only supports Ukrainians but could very well help us find some much-needed team members. 

"We pride ourselves on a friendly, inclusive working environment and welcome applications from all.  We have a really close-knit team in Bristol with plenty of friendly faces to welcome you”

Drivers are said to receive a salary of £13.75 per hour (Monday - Friday), £14.00 per hour on Saturdays and £15.70 per hour on Sundays, and will be guaranteed a minimum of 38 hours per week with the opportunity to earn even more with overtime.

In addition, Stagecoach says its drivers can enjoy flexible shifts, a generous company pension scheme and 20 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays). 

Other perks are said to include access to free financial education, affordable loans and discounts on holidays and retail, dental insurance, vehicle breakdown cover, hotels and attractions. As a member of the Stagecoach West family staff, partners and up to two children will receive free travel on Stagecoach buses across the country.

Dan Norris, Mayor of the West of England said: "Driving a bus is a really great job. I’m really pleased to support Stagecoach West with their Ukrainian refugee recruitment open day. I’ve always said we need innovative ideas if we’re going to fix the number one challenge for buses right now - the severe bus driver shortage.

“I’ve launched a big bus driver recruitment campaign as I’m determined to get more bus drivers trained up to help fix the cancellations and delays so people get a bus service they need and deserve. I hope Ukrainian drivers can be part of the solution and that while they are staying here, they enjoy a rewarding career.”

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