First Bus leaders go back to 'shop floor' for national learning week
Staff from across First Bus have been learning new skills and going ‘back to the shop floor’ as part of the national ‘Learning at Work Week’ campaign, which took place between 14th and 20th May.
First Bus encouraged all colleagues, including leaders and drivers, to take part in ‘Learning at Work Week’, a national campaign dedicated to promoting learning and having fun with it, which gives people a fantastic opportunity to experience something new first hand.
Learning Co-ordinators and local representatives arranged fantastic activities across the country and senior leaders spent time ‘getting back to basics’ with some of the highlights including;
- Senior leaders of the engineering team, including Engineering Director, Ian Warr donned overalls and PPE to each work in one of the depots for the day.
- Dave Alexander, Divisional Director at First Bus spent a day in the customer services centre in Leeds and answered calls from customers.
- The Cymru team held a job swap day that saw their Head of Operations become a Controller in Port Talbot, the Training and Recruitment Manager get behind the wheel in Swansea, and the Cymru East Staff Manager learning to drive a bus.
- Apprentices in Bramley supported colleagues with vehicle maintenance checks and they also held a skateboarding skills session.
- At the Larbert Depot in Scotland, the Traffic Assistant swapped roles to work in Engineering, and a Staff Manager spent the night shift in the control room.
- Local Management Teams, Learning Co-ordinators, Union reps and Employee Directors in Hunslet and Bramley depots in Yorkshire have held safety sessions, as well as arranging guitar lessons, video and photography, baking, fishing and cycling events.
- A Sheffield driver whose mother is profoundly deaf volunteered to give his colleagues a taster session on British sign language and deaf awareness, and the local Deaf Advice team from Citizens Advice attended to show their support and run some sessions too.
Hansi Jackson, Head of Learning and Development at First Bus, said: “Learning at Work Week is a national campaign that First Bus supports every year, which gives people a fantastic opportunity to experience learning first hand. This year's theme was 'Networked for Learning' – a great platform to showcase the development opportunities available across First Bus networks – online, amongst friends, through partnerships and across the business.
“We’re proud of the efforts that colleagues have made to support this year’s campaign. Through previous campaigns over 5,000 people have benefited in online, classroom and event-based learning – for work and fun – and supported each other to gain new skills and share knowledge. Visits to our Lifelong Learning Centres and the First Academy learning platform increased too. We’re delighted to be bringing new learning opportunities to even more colleagues through this year’s campaign.”