Bus Driver in the UK
Are you thinking of becoming a bus driver when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your training is completed? If so the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a bus driver in England.
Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: tend to, adhere to, stringent, patience, senior citizen, self-awareness, the upshot, nightmare, vehicle, steamed up, season, harsh
PCV Licence = Passenger Carrying Vehicle Licence
Listen to the following interview with a bus driver in the UK and find out:
- Where he works. (type of company - large/small, etc)
- Where about in the UK he works.
- Why he chose this profession.
- What type of tasks he has to do on a typical day at work.
- What personal qualities he suggests are needed by a bus driver.
- Does he describe any work processes or services that he provides?
- What he likes best and least about his job.
- How he thinks this line of work will change in the future.
- Where he sees himself in 5 - 10 years' time.
Apprenticeship and Training
- Find out about becoming a bus driver in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary and the qualifications and training required? Below, you will find some useful links:
- Now compare a bus driver's job and education in the UK with a bus driver's job and education in Norway.
After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:
- The bus driver only takes exact change for the bus fare.
- The passenger also wants a ticket for a child.
- The passenger asks for help with his suitcase but the bus driver says that it isn't part of his job.
- The passenger complains and asks the bus driver to talk to some noisy teenagers.