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A First Bus recruitment drive, that looks to attract trainee and qualified drivers in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, has been backed by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Mr Yousaf visited the Caledonia depot in Glasgow where he was given a tour of the driver, engineering and training areas. The depot on Cathcart Road, which is the largest bus depot in the UK with room for up to 450 buses, was opened by Nicola Sturgeon in 2014.

The transport giant is urging job seekers to apply for the roles in its Blantyre, Overtown, Scotstoun, Dumbarton and Caledonia depots, as well as offering Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) holders an enhanced pay and conditions package.

The Transport Minister was put behind the wheel in one of the company’s training vehicles to experience what a trainee employee programme looks like.

First Glasgow Managing Director, Andrew Jarvis, said: “We would like to thank the Minister for visiting us today. Caledonia Depot was opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon just over two years ago and is the most modern – and greenest – transport facility in the UK.

“This state-of-the-art facility was built as part of our commitment to the city of Glasgow, and this also includes our investment in a skilled workforce.”

Mr Yousaf welcomed the news of the firm’s recruitment, and said: “I am delighted to be here today to support First’s recruitment drive for new and experienced drivers and to see first-hand the UK’s biggest bus depot with a purpose-built training facility here in Glasgow.”

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