TV personality Ferne McCann is also a qualified bus driver

TV personality Ferne McCann is also a qualified bus driver

TV personality Ferne McCann is backing bus company Stagecoach’s drive to encourage more women to consider a career as a bus driver.

The star is well known for appearing on The Only Way is Essex and I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out Of Here. She is currently a presenter on This Morning and has recently completed her training with Stagecoach to become a qualified bus driver. This required her undertaking training for her PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) licence which is required by all serving bus drivers.

The qualification requires trainees to undertake a medical, pass a theory test, complete around 30 hours of on-the-road training and pass a final examination carried out by an independent examiner.

The TV star’s training was being carried out by Stagecoach London driving instructor Yvonne Wallin at the company’s West Ham depot in London.

Ferne McCann said:

“I experienced a lot of new challenges in the jungle and loved every minute of it. This was a chance for me to take on a new challenge and do something I would never have thought I’d have the chance to do….learning how to drive a bus!

“I’m really enjoy driving a bus. It’s a job that traditionally people think of as being for men but there’s no reason that should be the case these days. Hopefully I can help show bus driving as a career option for some women who might never have even considered it in the past.”

Stagecoach Director Clare Kavanagh added: “We have a lot of fantastic female drivers, and other staff, across the UK but the bus industry as a whole still employs significantly more men than women. Many of the reasons for that are historic but times have changed and we want to make women more aware of what a career at Stagecoach can offer them.

FOXY says:

We are seeing a growing number of women driving buses across the UK but the numbers are still small compared with men, probably because women are not seeing this as a suitable role for them. But this can be a fantastic job for women offering a degree of flexibility which is one of the most appealing aspects to anyone with family responsibilities to fit in alongside a meaningful career.

Good for Ferne for doing her bit to raise awareness of Stagecoach career opportunities and for Stagecoach for showing women that they may well get a female driving instructor to reassure them when they join a company that seems to be going that extra mile to be a female friendly employer.

FIND OUT MORE about Stagecoach careers here.

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