A new scheme is set to train up 400 new bus drivers to work on Bradford and West Yorkshire’s transport.

Residents in Bradford, Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale who are over the age of 19 are eligible to pursue a new career as a bus driver.

Training provider Realise is offering a fully-funded theory course, featuring flexible hours to attract people currently working in industries like retail and hospitality.

Once complete, candidates have the option of enrolling onto one of Realise’s 75 fully-funded driver training places for SME bus companies, or join a large operator in the area.

The course will earn drivers their ‘Passenger Carrying Vehicle Licence’ in six weeks or over.

All trained drivers are guaranteed an interview with a local bus provider.

The ‘Route to Success’ programme was appointed to Realise by West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

It is hoped the scheme will significantly bolster the number of bus drivers and fix the nationwide bus driver shortage locally.

Kairon Flowers, head of transport at Realise, said: “Just like with HGV drivers, there has been a growing issue in terms of having enough bus drivers to meet demand.

“This training programme also offers individuals a fantastic opportunity to embark on a new career path.”

To apply visit www.routetosuccess.co.uk

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