350 people go after 50 jobs as tram drivers on the new lines
A CAMPAIGN to recruit new tram drivers in Nottingham has generated a massive response, with nearly 350 people applying for the first of 50 new posts.
Hundreds of jobs have already been created as part of a major expansion of the tram network and new drivers are now required.
New trams will start to be delivered later this year and services will become more frequent before completion of two new lines to Chilwell and Clifton at the end of 2014.
Darren Smith, acting operations manager at NET, said: "We were really pleased with the response to our recruitment campaign, and it's heartening that so many people want to be part of this exciting project."
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From the initial applications, about 60 candidates were picked to attend two open days at Loxley House, Nottingham, before 16 candidates were chosen.
"It was a difficult choice as the calibre of candidates was very high, but the people who really stood out were the ones that shared our commitment to delivering excellent customer service at all times," said Mr Smith.
"In the months ahead there will be even more opportunities to join the NET team. We're looking forward to welcoming a lot of new recruits as we anticipate that approximately 40 to 50 new drivers will be required before the opening of the two new lines by the end of 2014," he added.
Greg Towers, 50, has been driving a tram for the past six years and was promoted to a supervisor role six months ago.
"Every day is different, but the best part of the job is meeting lots of people from all walks of life while providing a service they rely on," he said.
"We also work as a tight knit team and NET is a fantastic employer as it's very supportive and provides plenty of opportunities for career progression."
George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said the number of jobs on offer provided by the tram development showed how it was benefiting the community.
He said: "The tram has always had the potential to unlock so many benefits for Nottingham and its economy and this is a clear demonstration of the positive impact it is having in the city.
"It's always good to see jobs being created and the fact that so many people have applied goes to show that there are people in the local labour market who want to work."