Realise, one of the UK’s leading training providers, has been appointed to run the Route to Success programme by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to significantly bolster the number of bus drivers in the region to help protect services.
Residents of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale who are over the age of 19 are eligible to sign up to the programme.
Candidates complete a fully-funded theory course and then will have two options: either enrol onto one of Realise’s 75 fully-funded driver training places to access SME bus companies or progress to employment with a large operator in the area.
The theory course can be completed flexibly over six-sessions, including over evenings and weekends to allow people the opportunity to access the bus driving industry from other careers, including retail or hospitality.
Anyone completing the Route to Success course can expect to secure a Passenger Carrying Vehicle Licence (PCV) in an average of eight weeks and will be guaranteed an interview with a local bus provider.