Graham is happy in First driving seat

Graham Lamport
Graham Lamport

Bus travel has become special for people who are now working as drivers thanks to the training service North Lanarkshire’s Working.

The employability and training service is collaborating with First Glasgow bus company to bring employment opportunities.

Bellshill man Graham Lamport is now in the driving seat after he recently became a First bus driver with help from North Lanarkshire’s Working.

Father of two Graham (40) benefitted from support given by the employability initiative, helping him to find employment with application advice and a one-to-one advisory service with partner organisation Routes to Work.

Graham said: “I love my new job as a bus driver. The support I’ve received throughout the whole process has been brilliant and I’m very thankful to First Glasgow and North Lanarkshire’s Working for the opportunity.

“I’ve always enjoyed driving and I found the employment prospects with First Glasgow very attractive.”

Now Graham is based at Overtown which is the smallest of First’s six depots and found his colleagues have become like an extended family.

Stuart Kennedy, First Glasgow’s recruitment and people development manager, said: “We’re looking to attract new talent. First Glasgow has opportunities for PCV holders and trainee drivers who are patient, calm under pressure, able to work confidently on their own and have excellent customer service skills.

“Salary is £20,000 per annum plus pension, minimum four weeks holiday, great training and free travel. Applicants need to be 18 or above, have a full clean driving licence and be flexible in terms of shift patterns.”

Unemployed people in North Lanarkshire can find out more about assistance by visiting North Lanarkshire Working vacancy reference Tra9989 or call North Lanarkshire’s Working on 0800 073 0226.