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Go-Ahead Ireland creates 425 jobs & invests €8.5 million as it opens in Dublin

189 days ago Thu 7th Jun 2018

Thursday, 7th June 2018; Go-Ahead Ireland, the country's newest private bus company, is today announcing the creation of 425 new jobs and an €8.5 million investment in its operation here. The roles will be company-wide and include up to 350 bus drivers as well as engineers, maintenance support, mechanics, planners, operational and administrative personnel.

Speaking at the announcement, Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland said, "Since being awarded the contract to run 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) bus routes by the National Transport Authority (NTA) last August, we have been building our Dublin operation in preparation for a phased rollout commencing September 2018. Creating these new 425 jobs and providing a financially secure and investment ready business is critical for our colleagues, our customers and our ambitious expansion plans. We are passionate about what we do and are focused on attracting the very best talent out there".

Most of the roles being recruited for are bus drivers, reflecting the NTA contract win and the increased use of public transport in the ODMA. Drivers can expect to earn up to €32,000 per annum with opportunities for further earnings with overtime, a contributory pension scheme, free modern uniform, travel benefits, paid holiday, industry leading training and ongoing CPD, structured working patterns with guaranteed hours, death in service benefit and opportunities to work elsewhere within the Go-Ahead Group, both here and overseas.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross T.D. said, "These 425 new jobs and the €8.5m investment being made by Go-Ahead Ireland is a very significant development for public transport in Ireland.  I welcome both.

As public transport usage increases the Partnership Government remains committed to working with experienced companies who understand the sector and are eager to invest in its future to the benefit of all.”

In a fresh development, Go-Ahead Ireland will cover the cost of bus driver training and acquiring the necessary D licence which equates to €4,000 per driver. "We have taken this decision to encourage people who don't currently have the necessary D licence, but want to drive a bus, to apply and we believe this will open up the positions to a much wider group of people, who might not have considered a career in transport before" concluded Mr Wills.

When the new bus drivers and maintenance support colleagues are recruited, they will be working on existing routes, beginning in September 2018 and completing by end January 2019. The buses are easy access for wheelchairs and buggies; and for customers who want to stay connected while they travel, USB chargers are installed on seat backs of the new buses and WIFI will be available throughout. The buses will be equipped with "next stop" announcements and a visual display of the name on the next stop. The vehicles are powered by the latest Euro VI diesel engine, which are much cleaner than older diesel engines.

"The Go-Ahead Group has built its success on understanding the complexities of transporting millions of people, providing great customer service and creating a positive culture for its people to work in. If that sounds appealing, then we want to hear from you," Ed Wills, Managing Director Go-Ahead Ireland said.

The €8.5 million investment will be spread across driver training, depot fit out and mobilisation.

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For more information or to arrange a media interview please contact Nikki Gordon, Go-Ahead Ireland on 086 7757502 and nicola.gordon@go-aheaddublin.ie

For information on the positions advertised please visit our careers page

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