To address the growing demand for bus drivers, Rural Community Learning Inc. (RCLI) is arranging three-week Class 2A Bus Driver training sessions across the Island. The training is being done by JVI Transportation & Safety Academy.
Alberton: February 11 – 28
Charlottetown: March 4 – 21
“The PEI Public Schools Branch recognized the need to train more people to fill the growing need for more casuals and substitutes,” says Sharon Horne, Executive Director, RCLI. “Since 2015, we have implemented the bus driver and the short-order cook programs because of the need for more people to have training in these fields.”
About the Class 2A Bus Driver training
Training consists of classroom learning, air brakes endorsement test, and hands-on driving. Applications can be picked up at all Career Development Services offices across the Island and at the Alberton and the Tignish Employment Resource Centres. All applications are forwarded to the PEI Schools Branch and interviews are conducted to determine suitability.
Bus Driver training requirements
- Completed Public Schools Branch substitute/casual support staff application
- Proof of grade 12 education or equivalent
- Submit driver’s medical certificate and vision test
- Submit driver’s abstract and a criminal record check (vulnerable sector check)
- Photocopy of driver’s license
- Hold a valid driver’s license for at least five years
- Up to date resumé
- Completed JVI application form
- Interviewed by staff of the PEI Public Schools Branch
Sharon says RCLI has delivered 16 of these programs across PEI. “Of the 46 participants who received the training, 34 are working as casuals in the industry and six gained permanent positions.
“We hope to continue to offer these free programs in order to have more people trained and in the system as the baby boomers retire.
“Each time a casual driver gains a permanent position, there is another need for a casual. Casual drivers are often required to do multiple runs in a day due to the lack of casuals. The Charlottetown area has the greatest need at the present time.
“These are well-paying jobs, and once they are hired permanently, bus drivers receive good benefits as well. After completing the program, which also offers a first aid & CPR course, graduates are employable within the PEI Public School Branch, along with opportunities with private bus companies.”
About the short-order cook program
Sharon hopes to help meet the demand for more cooks by offering another short-order cook program in the near future.
“Last spring, RCLI delivered a program at the Northport Inn Restaurant. This program offered the food safety certificate, responsible beverage program, and an online cooking course certificate through Holland College.
“I encourage employers who struggle with finding cooks to contact me. Also, if employers know of someone who requires the training, please feel free to refer them to me.”
RCLI is a non-profit organization with the goal to provide opportunities to increase the quality of life of West Prince residents.
For more information, contact Sharon Horne at Rural Community Learning Inc. at (office) 902-853-3715, or cell 902-853-5720, or email [email protected].
Funding is provided through the Canada-PEI labour market agreements.