There’s a lot more to being a bus driver than just driving the bus, as several EPIC Assist (EPIC) job seekers recently found out.
EPIC and Caboolture Bus Lines are working together to create more employment opportunities for people with disability.
The partnership was initiated by EPIC Employment Advisor Megan, who after reaching out to Head of Recruitment Damian, discovered that he had a passion for offering employment opportunities to those who may face extra barriers re-entering the workplace.
“If they can drive the bus, and have the relevant qualifications, why wouldn’t they work out as an employee?” Damian said.
Damian employs drivers to handle various transport routes such as urban bus services on the TransLink network, charters, schools, and QLD Rail support.
Caboolture Bus Lines is a family-owned business that has been servicing the Caboolture region in Outer North Brisbane for over 30 years. The company recently merged with Bribie Island Coaches and runs around 100 buses total.
Damian has employed four bus drivers through EPIC since the partnership began around three months ago.
“The people we’ve hired through EPIC feel valued through their employment and their self-esteem has grown,” Damian said.
He is also looking to employ more job seekers as ‘Foggers’, which is a cleaning position involving a nightly COVID clean of all buses and keeping the buses looking professional every day.
“Working with EPIC has been a very smooth process. Megan is always contactable and there to provide support whenever I need it,” Damian said.
If you, like Damian, have a focus on diversity in your workforce, contact EPIC today to discuss your business needs.