Becoming a bus driver – how our training programme works

From the moment we receive your application to your first day out on the road and beyond, CT Plus has a great programme of training and development for our trainee bus drivers.

A trainee under instruction

Step 1: The selection assessment

Once we receive your application and have checked you meet our basic criteria, we’ll invite you to complete a selection assessment. This is in three parts – a basic online test, an interview and a driving assessment.

The driving assessment is in a minibus that can be driven by someone with a car licence – it helps to show whether you have a good basic level of driving skill.  It’s worth noting that a drugs and alcohol test is carried out before the driving assessment.

Step 2: A job offer

If you’re successful in the interview and the assessment, we’ll make you a conditional offer of employment as a bus driver. It’s worth noting that in exchange for your training – worth around £2000 – you’ll be making a commitment to working for two years with us as a bus driver. Your employment begins when you start your practical driving training – so you’ll earn while you learn.

Step 3: Training

To drive a bus in the UK you need something called a Category D PCV licence and the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). This requires specialist training, so we’ll refer you to a PCV training school – our training partner.

The first part of qualifying as a bus driver is a theory test. Our training partner will provide advice and resources to prepare for this. They will also book this test on your behalf. Preparing for the theory test normally takes a couple of weeks.

The second step is practical training directly with the training school. Once you’re ready, you’ll be booked in for your practical test – and on-road driving assessment and a reversing test conducted at an approved off-site location. The practical training normally takes around one week.

Step 4: Starting out on the road

Once you passed your theory and practical test and have gained your licence, you’ll be ready to start work at CT Plus. You’ll be invited to our next available induction.

Induction includes a full health and safety briefing, the issue of uniform and safety equipment and detail about rotas and other practical matters. The induction also includes practical vehicle familiarisation and route learning, so you’ll have the support you need to get going.

The support doesn’t stop there. You’ll also be assigned a mentor – and experienced driver who will shadow you for your first week, offering advice and assistance where necessary.

If this sounds like something you’ve been looking for – apply today.