Bus Éireann is hosting an open day on Saturday, 9 March to attract more female drivers to its services around Ireland.
Celebrating International Women’s Day, the company will host information sessions in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
“There are great benefits to driving for a company like Bus Éireann”, according to a spokesperson for the event, “including a competitive benefits package that is mindful of you and your family which includes a family GP scheme – a subsidised health care package with a list of GPs around the country for you and your immediate family (children up to 16 years old).”
“You will have access to travel concessions, our Employee Assistance Programme, free parking in our depots, local staff clubs and societies, access to a staff credit union and canteen facilities.”
“Come and see what it is like to work in a company like Bus Éireann, and maybe even experience driving a bus and talk to other women drivers and see what they say.”
Rhonda has been driving for Bus Éireann almost 12 years:
When I was a young girl I saw a female Bus Éireann driver and thought one day I would like to do that. I then took the plunge and got my bus licence and with no driving experience I arrived into Bus Éireann for an open day 11 years ago and was hired. It was by far one of my best decisions. I love my job as you get to travel the country and meet loads of new and interesting characters.”
Marguerite has been driving for Bus Éireann for nearly four years and says:
“My father was a bus driver and I had always wanted to follow in his footsteps. I finally got the courage and determination to prove that women can do just as good as a job. I love driving the larger coaches and meeting and interacting with passengers. Some of my regular commuters I would class as friends”