GCSEs on the buses at operator training centre

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FIRST bus drivers in Doncaster are being offered the chance to learn while at work – thanks to a new facility being opened in the town this week.

First’s Lifelong Learning Centre in Duke Street will be officially opened today by Councillor Mick Jameson, chairman of the South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority.

The new centre is available for all of First’s 300 Doncaster staff to learn new skills by offering a variety of courses including word processing skills, information technology and basic skills to GCSE standard.

It is a joint education initiative between First and the Unite Union to provide all staff with the opportunity to learn new skills.

Coun Jameson said: “This new lifelong learning centre is an excellent initiative and I welcome First’s efforts to offer their staff the opportunity to learn.”

Phil Robinson, Operations Director for First in South Yorkshire, said: “The new Lifelong Learning Centre in Doncaster is an excellent facility that will give all our staff the opportunity to learn new skills and add value for themselves and the business.”

Courses will be run by appointed learner representatives.