Public Schools Branch (PSB), Island-wide
Jobs: School Bus Drivers
School Bus Drivers are in high demand at the Public Schools Branch across PEI.
If you enjoy driving and working with children, this is the job for you! The School Bus Driver is responsible for safely operating the school bus on a regular daily schedule to transport children to and from school in the mornings and afternoons.
School Bus Drivers start as casual and are placed on the substitute list, and can work their way up to a permanent position,” says Catherine MacKinnon. “Several drivers have been with us for 35 to 40+ years of service and love their job. Many are getting set to retire and we need to replenish our pool of Bus Drivers.”
To apply, all applicants need to provide proof of Grade 12 education or equivalent, a valid driver’s license for at least five years, and a vision test. They also need to submit proof of medical fitness, a driver’s abstract, and vulnerable sector criminal record check.
Upon successful completion of the Bus Driver Training Program, Public Schools Branch offers the third component which is a Student Management Program.
“PSB had a partnership with Rural Community Learning Inc. (RCLI) , Career Development Services and SkillsPEI to train Bus Drivers earlier this year and it went quite well.”
“To be a School Bus Driver, you have to love children and make them feel secure. As a School Bus Driver, you are part of the team,” Catherine says. “Great bus drivers care about their passengers, their colleagues, and their work. Every student has a story, and every Bus Driver has the opportunity to help make it a great one.
“As a School Bus Driver, you will have a chance to make a difference in a child’s life, and maybe your own as well.”
For more information, call 902-368-6836 or email [email protected].
Jobs are advertised on the Public Schools Branch website and Career Development Services.
Visit www.cdspei.ca and click on Job Board.
2016 saw the Public Schools Branch (PSB) heavily recruiting for new substitute Educational Assistants, Bus Drivers, Custodians, School Administrative Assistants, French Immersion Teachers, and Psychologists. Recruitment efforts will continue in 2017.
“We have a tremendous shortage of casual substitutes and temporary replacements,” says Wendy Bernier, Director of HR, PSB. “It can be very challenging to find people who have the qualifications to step into those roles. We do not have a big enough pool of qualified people to draw from.
“Every position held in the education sector plays an important role in the education of our students,” says Wendy. “The bus driver is the very first person a student sees in the morning as they make their trek to school, where they are greeted by staff such as the custodian, educational assistant, administrator, and teaching staff.
“These employees make a tremendous contribution to student success with their welcome, a smile, and a caring presence that can change a child’s day.”
Hiring is on-going for the following positions:
Educational Assistant (EA)
Educational Assistants on PEI work under the supervision of a classroom teacher, and provide support to students with various types of special learning needs. This position requires two years of formal training in education of persons with educational needs, such as a Human Services diploma or an equivalent program from a recognized institution such as Holland College.
Applicants for this position need to take training at a school such as JVI, at a cost of approximately $3,000. “This position runs from September to June,” says Wendy. “It can be a great job for stay-at-home mothers that have school aged children. It is a five-hour day, and working days are the days that students are at school.”
If interested in becoming a bus driver, contact Catherine MacKinnon, Transportation Coordinator of the PSB, at 902-368-6836.
Custodians/Cleaners work 12 months of the year cleaning the schools and offices of the Public Schools Branch. Day and evening shifts are available.
School Administrative Assistants
These positions provide administrative support to the school administration, teachers, students, and other support staff within the school.
The environment is fast paced and the work entails a great variety of tasks in the areas of reception duties, word processing, accounting, payroll, clerical functions, and verification and collection of computer system data.
The position is ideal for individuals with a high level of interpersonal skills, as the job entails extensive contact with students, parents, teachers, and the community.
These positions involve providing psychological services throughout the Public Schools Branch as members of the Student Services Team.
French Immersion Teachers
The PSB has seen a significant increase in the number of positions available for both substitute and contract employment for French Immersion Teachers. The challenge for filling this position is the finding teachers with the required level of competency in oral French.
Benefits of working for the Public Schools Branch
“As well as being a well-paying job, it is also satisfying to make a difference in students’ lives,” says Wendy.
How to apply for work with the Public Schools Branch
Most people starting out with employment in the PSB do so as a substitute or in a term position for an employee on leave. These positions in many cases are the first step to obtaining a permanent job.
Open positions and application forms are posted on the PSB website. Print out an application, fill it out, and fax, e-mail, or drop off the application and other required documents to the Public Schools Branch in Stratford.
From the applications submitted, Human Resources will review, interview and reference qualified applicants to create a list of people interested in substitute or contract work.
To find out more about potential employment possibilities with the Public Schools Branch, call Paula Annear at 902-368-6818 or email [email protected].
For more information, visit www.gov.pe.ca/edu/psb/.