Dublin Bus push for more female drivers to get on board

by Padraig Conlon

Irish motor racing legend, Rosemary Smith took to the wheel of a Dublin Bus and called on women to have a go at driving one for themselves.

It was all part of “Dublin Bus’ Give It a Spin” recruitment drive open to female and male applicants

Focus however is going on attracting prospective female drivers to a series of Female Recruitment Open Days which will be held in August, September and October, as it aims to increase its number of female drivers by 100%.

On the day, attendees will meet with current female drivers and inspectors who will share their experiences of working with Dublin Bus.

Prospective applicants will also get the opportunity to drive a bus with a Dublin Bus professional driving instructor, receive a tour of Dublin Bus’ Central Control Centre, and be taken through the recruitment process for bus drivers and the various benefits of working for Dublin Bus.

The driver role offers a competitive salary, training and mentoring and paid maternity leave.

Other benefits include access to a gym, GP scheme and employee assistance scheme with free counselling sessions, and an education support scheme for going back to third level study.

Deirdre Sinclaire is a driver from Lucan who has been with Dublin Bus since 1997 and she shared her working experience with Dublin Gazette.

“I had my children early so when my eldest was 10, I decided to go back to work,” Deirdre said.

“I had just learned to drive a year before and I did my B Licence in 4 weeks, nowadays it takes 6.

“I started out driving an Imp for the first year, I was very nervous starting out in the first few months, but like anything I got the hang of it.

“Eventually I graduated to my own route and once I got to know everyone I loved it.

“I have so many favourite memories of working with Dublin Bus.

“One of my previous routes used to take me down Meath Street in the city centre, and all the women running the stalls would hand me chocolate bars and fruit.

“I would definitely encourage any women thinking of becoming a driver with Dublin Bus, I highly recommend it as it’s such a great company to work for.”

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