Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the common questions we get asked

I don't live in Plymouth at the moment, what's it like?

If you're not familiar with the area, you can find out more about living and working in Plymouth here.

Who are Go South West?

Go South West is part of the Go-Ahead Group, a leading provider of passenger transport in the UK and internationally. Plymouth Citybus and Go Cornwall Bus together form Go South West. Go South West has gained Investors in People, Platinum accreditation, an achievement that only 2% of businesses achieve. We have also won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the highest honour which can be bestowed upon a company and of which we are extremely proud.

Go South West employs around 850 staff, with a bus fleet of over 300, carrying 20 million passengers each year.

We have an excellent track record of creating career opportunities and we truly live our values and care about our teams. You don’t have to just see our accolades, you can talk to those we employ.

Why should I join your team?

We ​​​welcome applications from people of all backgrounds regardless of race, gender, neurodiversity, qualification level, etc. 

In uncertain times we can offer stability and job security, and we invest in you and your training.

In return, you will need to be able to foster our company visions and values which include being approachable, trustworthy and eager to learn with a level-headed attitude. 


Do I need to source my own provisional lisence and training rescources?

No! Once you have received a job offer, we provide all of this within our training team.


Where will I be working from?

Your working depot will be the closest one to where you're living. Vacancy avaliability may vary due to driver numbers and demand, but we will work with you to ensure your wellbeing is prioritised. 


What are your shift patterns?

A mixture of early, lates and intermediates, all of which are explained at interview. Drivers are expected to cover these on a rotational basis.


Do you offer part-time work?

At present, we only offer full time, 40 hours per week positions.


At which point will I be paid?

Once you have passed initial interview, you will undertake a medical, booked by us, and send off for your provisional bus licence. You will then take a theory test once your licence comes back. Upon passing your theory test, you will be booked onto an induction and be paid from Day 1 of your induction. 


Do you offer car driving lessons?

Unfortunately we are not able to offer car driving lessons. We also require 1 year's experience on the road driving a car, before bus driver training.