Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on a number of industries with thousands of Victorians losing their jobs or have been stood down due to the pandemic. However, a Transdev recruitment program is creating opportunities for experienced bus drivers who have been impacted by COVID-19.
For the past 9 years John Van De Kuit drove travellers to and from Tullamarine Airport for Skybus. As news of coronavirus spread, he considered the impact coronavirus would have on the tourism industry and his career.
An already experienced driver familiar with the public transport industry, John was concerned about the reduction in work due to coronavirus so he decided to apply to Transdev via our bus to bus recruitment program.
“I took a trip to Sydney last year and noticed that Transdev operated the ferries. I saw how professional the staff looked in their uniforms and how friendly they were when interacting with customers and those were big factors in my choice to apply to Transdev.”
John is one of 13 new drivers that have been recruited through Transdev’s bus to bus recruitment program since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The program is tailored to experienced drivers with a recent history of driving trucks or buses. Successful applicants complete an expedited induction process which includes a driving assessment and customer service training.
Not only is John an experienced driver, having also driven taxis and limousines, he is continuing a family tradition - his father started as a bus driver for Melbright Coaches in 1966. John also worked as an authorised officer for nine years, a role which gave him the opportunity to work with people across the network.
“I enjoy the many different facets to the public transport industry and like that I am able to combine my driving experience with my people skills.
“I like to work, I need to stay busy. Since starting with Transdev in May, I am much happier and glad to be able to continue what my father started.”