First Glasgow is delighted to embark on a brand-new partnership with Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow (DYW) which will see them link-up with a high school in the north of the city.

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Above: Duncan Cameron, Operations Director for First Glasgow (Far left), Michelle Kershaw, Principal Officer, Employment and Skills Partnership Team at Glasgow City Council (second from left), First Glasgow Modern Apprentice David Watson (second from Right) and John Paul Academy Head teacher, John McGhee (Far Right) launch the new partnership with the help of some school pupils

The tie-up with John Paul Academy in Summerston will offer a number of opportunities to pupils to develop their practical skills, as well as enhance potential career options through work experience and apprenticeship awareness.

To celebrate the launch, First Glasgow Operations Director, Duncan Cameron took along current 3rd year Engineering Modern Apprentice, David Watson, to talk to pupils and staff on life working for the city’s biggest bus operator, his modern apprenticeship and why a career in the transport industry is an attractive option for school leavers.

Duncan Cameron, Operations Director for First Glasgow said: “First Glasgow is committed to supporting the growth of employment opportunities across the city and the development and availability of potential career opportunities for young people has an important part to play in the evolution of our business.

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Above : Duncan Cameron, Operations Director for First Glasgow, Shona MacPherson, Senior Programme Manager, DYW Glasgow, Michelle Kershaw of Glasgow City Council’s Education Services, John McGhee, Head Teacher of John Paul Academy, Sean McConigley, S6 Pupil at Jon Paul Academy (in driver’s cab).

“By teaming up with John Paul Academy through DYW Glasgow, we will be able to offer pupils at the school assistance with career choice options through a number of engagement programmes, including assembly presentations, careers fairs, information events, practical work experience and awareness sessions.”

Alison McRae, Senior Director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce who host DYW Glasgow, said: “Business involvement in education is critical in supporting the economic growth of Glasgow, ensuring we are equipping the young people with the skills required for the future workforce in the city. We are delighted that First Glasgow are influencing the next generation, providing a pipeline to industry.”  

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Above : Sean McConigley, S6 pupil at John Paul Academy and aspiring bus driver gets to try out the driver’s cab.

John McGhee, Head Teacher at John Paul Academy, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce our formal partnership with First Bus. First Bus is a leading provider of transport to the citizens of Glasgow and beyond and a company built on sound values and care for its employees and the public.

“As a school we see this as an ideal opportunity for our young people to have the opportunity to experience the excellent opportunities that First Bus can provide. We place successful transitions to the world of employment as one of our core aims and look forward with enthusiasm to working alongside First Bus in continuing to achieve this aim.”

First Glasgow

First Glasgow is the largest bus operator in the city running services on more than 80 different routes throughout the greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire areas. The company operates more than 800 buses and carried more than 95 million passengers over the past year. First Glasgow employs around 2,100 staff from five depots; Dumbarton, Gorbals, Scotstoun, Overtown and Blantyre. Thanks to our digital strategy and a change in customer demand for bus tickets, we now have more than 70% of customers paying using cashless methods for their travel, such as mTicket, Smartcard or contactless payments. For more information please visit www.firstglasgow.com