Job seekers on the right bus

All aboard: At First Bus's depot are, from left, Jobs4Everyone's Richard Downs, First Bus' drive green champion Stewart Dolman, new recruits Trevor Cocking and Sam Doyle, staff development coach Brian Bailey and depot operations manager Peter Holmes,
All aboard: At First Bus's depot are, from left, Jobs4Everyone's Richard Downs, First Bus' drive green champion Stewart Dolman, new recruits Trevor Cocking and Sam Doyle, staff development coach Brian Bailey and depot operations manager Peter Holmes,

JOBSEEKERS using Sheffield-based social enterprise Jobs4everyone have been getting the right bus.

According to Rotherham-based First Bus, four out of every five candidates who succeeded in getting a job as a driver, during a recent recruitment campaign, came through the organisation.

First Group depot operations manager Peter Holmes says the bus company decided to partner with Jobs4everyone because it was a social enterprise with strong community links.

“The process was very simple and we were able to identify prospective candidates easily from their profiles,” Mr Holmes added.

Jobs4everyone was set up by managing director Richard Downs after he left university four years ago, with the aim of investing a proportion of its profits in projects bringing social benefits to local communities.

Among the new drivers who have joined First with Jobs4everyone’s help were Trevor Cocking, 43, from Beighton. Mr Cocking, a former construction worker who became unemployed after the completion of work on the Olympic Park, had never considered becoming a bus driver until First invited him to a taster session through Jobs4everyone.

Now, he says he can’t wait to get on the road for real.