Route to success – South Yorkshire

No PCV licence? No problem! Join our free bus driver training programme and drive away with a new career plus excellent benefits.

Course overview

At a glance




1 week


South Yorkshire

About the course

Start a career that you love, with a great salary and guaranteed hours. Train for free and become a bus driver in South Yorkshire.

‘Route to Success’ is a free training programme that takes people with no bus driving experience and equips them with the skills to become professional drivers.

Whether you’re unemployed and looking to get back into work, or employed but looking to retrain into a new career, this course is your opportunity to take the wheel and start an exciting new career.

In just a few weeks, you will gain new skills and get behind the wheel of a bus. Once the programme is over don’t worry, we’ll introduce you to employers in the area so you can start your dream career without delay.

The programme is split into three stages:

  • Stage one – myth busting and engagement

In stage one, you’ll be learning all about the skills you need to excel in the profession.

From myth-busting to expectations of a bus driver, through to a day in the life of and progression stories. We’ll introduce you to the theory tests and hazard perceptions tests and you’ll even get to have a go at the mock tests.

  • Stage two – hands on bus driving experience *limited places*

On successful completion of stage one, you will also complete your driving licence application and undertake your medical test. We like to get these important elements sorted in the first week to ensure that you can get started in your new role without delay.

You will then learn the practical skills required to safely operate a passenger carrying vehicle. This is the part where you will gain hands-on driving experience with our partners. You will also prepare for, and undertake theory testing but don’t worry, we’ll make sure you are well prepared.

  • Stage three – starting your new career & expanding your network

We are dedicated to supporting our learners throughout their career development journey with us. So as part of our commitment to helping learners succeed, we will work with your chosen SME bus operators in South Yorkshire to develop a Retention Action Plan that cam result in a positive work environment, improved staff morale, increased productivity, and lower turnover. We also will be inviting learners to our hosted networking events periodically to connect learners with each other and industry experts, provide the latest industry news and insight, and facilitate discussion and sharing of challenges and successes. Our team provides aftercare, tracking learners progression and ensure they receive the support they need to achieve their career goals.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you succeed. To create and deliver Route to Success, funding has been made available from South Yorkshire Combined Authority and this programme is supported by the Mayor of South Yorkshire. This means there is zero cost to the learner as it will be fully funded.

Is this course right for you?

Whether you’re unemployed and looking to get back into work, or employed but looking to retrain into a new career, this course is your opportunity to take the wheel and start an exciting new career.

To complete the programme, you will need to be:

  • Over the age of 19
  • Living in South Yorkshire
  • A car driver (with a category B licence and have no more than 6 points)

And that’s it!

This training programme offers individuals seeking a fresh challenge a fantastic opportunity to embark on a new career path.

Kairon Flowers, Head of Passenger Transport at Realise.

This course has been really exciting and I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me.

Sheryll McBride, Route to Success learner

The teaching and support I got has made me feel more confident.

Levi Howath, Route to Success learner

What you’ll learn

This course is packed with all the elements you need to start a bright career in bus driving.

You can expect to cover:

  • PCV licence application
  • Medical test
  • Digicard application (subject to employer requirements)
  • On road driving (tailored to meet the individual learner needs)
  • Vehicle introductions
  • Theory and hazard practice and test
  • Virtual work experience
  • Customer service
  • Future planning: job opportunities
  • Health & safety
  • DBS checks
  • Practical training including your driving test

After the programme, you can expect a guaranteed interview with an employer near you.

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

How you’ll learn

The Route to Success programme will be delivered through a mix of methods to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

You will learn through:

  • Face-to-face classroom sessions with an industry expert trainer
  • Workbooks
  • An online industry insight session
  • Experiential learning – where you will learn by trying things out on the Realise demo bus
  • Virtual work trials
  • Online revision
  • Employment support


We asked people what they liked about being a bus driver, they said:

  • Great pay
  • Full time work guaranteed – no zero-hour contracts!
  • Chance for overtime
  • Every day is unique
  • Meeting new people
  • Being responsible for their passengers
  • Making a difference to the lives of others

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Head of learner & employee experience


Head of learner & employee experience

I’m the Head of Learner & Employee Experience and work within the People team. Starting with the company back in October 2016, so I have seen a lot of changes over the years. The projects I work on are varied, it could be working with front line Training and Development Officer or it could be a new system implementation, performance related. Whatever the project, it’s always centred around making the experience for the learner better. About me outside of work, I love Coffee, so much so, I do actually roast my own! At the moment, I live in Leicestershire but originally from the South (Brighton).


Head of passenger transport


Head of passenger transport

I’m Kairon, head of transport for Realise and I’ve been with the business for just over six years. I joined as a bid coordinator apprentice back in the summer of 2015 and made the move into operations in January 2019 and I’ve never looked back. My current role is leading and growing the transport team (currently a team of 30), who deliver the passenger transport bus driver level 2 apprenticeship, in partnership with leading transport operators.


Performance manager


Training & development officer


Training & development officer

I have been in transport for 14 years, I am a qualified assessor, trainer, and CPC instructor, working on the West Yorkshire contract ‘route to success.  


Performance manager


Performance manager

I joined Realise as a trainer after working as a CPC instructor. I saw the value of the apprenticeship within the industry and wanted to be part of it. I worked closely with learners delivering workshops and providing guidance and support. After a year I became a performance manager, still working closely with learners and my small team.


Employment support officer


Training & development officer


Training & development officer

I have 19 years’ experience in passenger transport as a driver, mentor, supervisor and trainer. I have worked for Realise as a trainer since January 2020. My role gives me great opportunities to share the knowledge and skills that I have developed over the last 19 years in passenger transport. Working with and supporting new and established drivers to give them the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to become a professional driver in the bus industry.

Ready to take the next step?

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