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Bus driver – a job with good future prospects

Currently and for many years ahead, the bus transport sector will need a great number of new drivers. The reason is that many drivers will soon be retiring. This means that thousands of drivers will need replacing and there will be lots of jobs for newly qualified drivers. A licence to drive a bus is a new vocational qualification being offered at high schools. After a year taking the regular Vehicles and Transport course programme, students may choose a Bus Driver option specially designed for a career as a bus driver. Successful students do not only learn how to drive and operate buses, they can also gain both a car and bus driving licence and the compulsory YKB (= YrkesKompetensBeviset = Special Skills Certificate). The course programme includes other components such as providing good service, resolving disputes and other skills a person needs to be a good bus driver. Driving a bus is primarily a service vocation.

Another good thing to know is that students can choose a course programme extended by 100 extra credits.  In this way, they can achieve a basic university entry requirement. This opportunity is open to all students who take the Vehicles and Transport course programme regardless of which school they go to.

Straight away after completing the high school course programme with a Pass grade and reaching the age of 18, a student can get behind the wheel of a bus and start their new career as a bus driver. Bus drivers are needed not just to help people in their everyday lives but also for the community as a whole and for our environment. Simply put, it is a job with good future prospects.

The Swedish Bus and Coach Federation needs you. Which way will you go?

Good opportunities for careers in the profession!

As a bus driver, you have great opportunities for personal development within the profession, especially if you have taken the Vehicles and Transport course programme and chosen to do the extra 100 credits and thus qualified for university entry.

Paid positions such as group leader, depot manager, traffic controller, business area manager, travel organiser and training supervisor are just few examples of the opportunities available. Or you can start up your own business.

There are several different ways to become a bus driver. Courses are available:

  • At high schools/upper secondary schools (gymnasium) (Vehicles and Transport course programme)
  • From a number of major employers
  • Through the Jobcentre (Arbetsförmedlingen)
  • At municipal adult education colleges (Komvux)
  • At driving schools where you pay for the lessons yourself

If you are under 21, you should apply for the Vehicles and Transport course programme at a high school and then the subject Passenger Transport. The programme takes 3 years. During the course programme, you will be able to take your driving licence for both passenger cars and buses. You will also have the opportunity to choose a further 100 credits. With these, you will fulfil the basic requirements for university admission if you should wish to go on to higher education.
If you are already 21 or over, you can qualify as a bus driver at a municipal adult education college. The programme is 15-20 weeks long and qualifies you to receive study support. The starting dates of courses and which schools offer them changes all the time. The easiest thing to do is therefore to contact one of the high schools which have Passenger Transport courses.

If you already have a Swedish bus licence (a so-called D licence), you should contact one of the bus companies which provide school bus services or operate regular bus routes in places where you want to work and offer them your services. If you do not have a YKB (Special Skills Certificate), you will need to take a supplementary course.

If you are over 24 years of age, you can also choose these ways to become a bus driver:

Some bus companies run their own ‘bus training schools’ which they use to train their own drivers. These are usually the largest companies. It is usually possible to register your interest in such courses on the company’s website.
You can also choose to pay for your own driving lessons in order to become a professional bus driver. You can take D licence lessons at a driving school or do so privately. The licence you obtain will then need to be supplemented by a Special Skills course at a training organisation approved by the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelen). More information is available (in Swedish) at the website: www.körkortsportalen.se

Are you unemployed? It is sometimes possible to have bus driver training paid for by the Jobcentre (Arbetsförmedlingen).  Contact your nearest Jobcentre for more information.