Berrimah depot to host first driver open house on Wednesday April 14, 2021
The Northern Territory’ largest bus operator, Buslink NT is throwing open its doors and is ready to engage up to 60 new essential workers, adding around 40 drivers in Darwin and 20 across Humpty Doo, Jabiru and Alice Springs over the next 12 months.
A local operator since 1988, Buslink is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC), one of the nation’s largest bus operators, and provides vital school, urban and charter services for millions of passengers across the Territory.
Buslink NT General Manager Operations, Lisa Parker said the bus industry had faced shortages for many years and was opening its major Darwin depot for the first time to give prospective drivers a rare chance to go behind the scenes.
“The Driver Info Day to be held on Wednesday 14 April from 9am to 12pm at our Berrimah depot, is a great opportunity to welcome people to our industry, especially those considering a switch to a stable career alternative during such tough times.
“Our driver team is made up of people of all ages and stages, including ex police and military, a hairdresser, restaurant owners and chefs, a former sailing instructor and a bouzouki player, who all love what they do.
“In fact, a good percentage of our drivers are semi-retirees who are attracted by the job lifestyle – the flexibility and dependability of the Monday to Friday school term hours as they head into their retirement years.
“Not only is becoming a bus driver a rewarding job, it’s also a long-term career opportunity. All you need for starters are great customer service skills, a car licence and good driving record, and we’ll help you with all the rest.”
The opportunity exists for up to 20 school bus drivers to start immediately across Darwin, Humpty Doo and Jabiru depots with additional positions to be filled as vacancies arise during the year.
Buslink employs around 250 people statewide, also offering workforce transfer solutions, and charter hire for special events, schools, charities, sporting clubs, and other recreational groups.
The Darwin Driver Info Day event will include an up-close-and-personal Q&A session with the Buslink team and a behind-the-scenes depot tour. Prospective drivers will be able to take to the road with a qualified driver to experience what being a Buslink trainee would be like and get a taste for the school bus driver lifestyle.