First Student provides paid training, competitive wages, and a flexible schedule.

First Student provides paid training, competitive wages, and a flexible schedule.

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As preparations begin for the 2022-23 school year, school transportation provider First Student has launched "School Starts with YOU!," a new hiring initiative to recruit school bus drivers who want to make a difference in children's lives.

Candidates who are committed to safety and customer service and who have a genuine, caring attitude toward children can learn more and apply online at

"Bus drivers play a critical role in supporting a child's education from the very start," said First Student CEO and President John Kenning. "Not only do they enable students and their families to access the safest transportation option to and from school, but they also are important caretakers who set the tone for a successful school day."

First Student provides paid training, including rigorous classroom and behind-the-wheel training for new drivers, as well as continuous training throughout the year. First Student offers competitive wages; an inclusive and diverse working environment; and a flexible, set schedule with nights, weekends, and holidays off. It is an ideal job for stay-at-home parents and retirees.

In addition to traditional benefits, being a driver comes with a unique reward – the connections that occur when caring for children.

"This is more than a job; it is a calling," Kenning said. "We consistently hear from our drivers that they look forward to interacting with the students on their school bus each day and watching them grow."

First Student partners with school districts in 38 US states and seven Canadian provinces to provide care and the safe rides to and from school for millions of students and their families.

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