First Student has more than 250 in-person hiring events and nearly 60 virtual events planned the week of July 7. - Photo: First Student/School Bus Fleet

First Student has more than 250 in-person hiring events and nearly 60 virtual events planned the week of July 7.

Photo: First Student/School Bus Fleet

First Student is heading up a week-long initiative to grow the ranks of its school bus drivers ahead of the 2024-25 school year. The company is holding hundreds of recruiting events in communities across North America during its National Hiring Week.

Opportunities for School Bus Drivers

First Student is hiring 3,000 bus drivers over the summer to provide safe rides for students to and from school this fall.

More than 250 in-person hiring events and nearly 60 virtual events are planned the week of July 7.

The events include opportunities for potential candidates to test drive a school bus, walk-in job fairs, open houses and stuff-the-bus clothing, food, and school supply drives.

"Our drivers are the heart and heroes of our operations, playing a crucial role in supporting a child's education," First Student CEO & President John Kenning said. "We pride ourselves on delivering safe, reliable transportation, so students arrive at school on time, feeling secure and ready to achieve their full potential. We are excited to be out in hundreds of communities this summer as we search for more caring drivers who are focused on safety and committed to providing an extraordinary experience for our school district partners and their families."

Ongoing Initiatives by First Student

The company's buses are equipped with the latest technology, aimed at promoting a safer, more comfortable and better ride to and from school.

First Student is actively transitioning 30,000 of its diesel buses to electric.

The company provides all training needed for new hires. Most drivers are certified within a month from their hiring date, according to a news release. 

In addition to drivers, First Student also has other openings nationwide, including positions in management, maintenance, operational support and customer service. All candidates can apply online at workatfirst.com.

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