BBC Radio Nottingham journalist gets her hands dirty with live work experience at trentbarton.
On March 14 we took on an unlikely new recruit – Laura Foster, from BBC Radio Nottingham. Laura visited our Manvers Street depot for the BBC’s ‘Work Experience Wednesday’ feature, to see how things are run behind the scenes.
Driver Brian Lowe is pictured here running through the morning bus maintenance routine with BBC Radio Nottingham’s Laura Foster.
Offering a pair of helping hands throughout the morning, she didn’t get let off lightly! To get the full behind the scenes experience Laura was expected to muck in with several different aspects of work at trentbarton.
After meeting the lead drivers, Laura helped prepare the buses for their morning routes by topping up the screen wash and antifreeze (even more important with the recent weather conditions!), and assisting in the essential checks. She also covered a shift in the customer service office at the Broadmarsh bus station, dealing with telephone queries and seeing trentbarton buses in action.
She was, however, allowed to take well-earned breaks from her duties to keep BBC Radio Nottingham listeners in the loop, with three live broadcasts across the morning – giving them a glimpse of a side of trentbarton that the public don’t usually get to see.
BBC Radio Nottingham’s Laura Foster interviews lead driver Kevin Harrison
Here’s what Laura had to say about her experience as trentbarton’s newest recruit; " I thoroughly enjoyed my morning with trentbarton despite the 5.30am start. I didn’t realise how much happens behind the scenes. I really enjoyed meeting the drivers."
Alex Hornby, Commercial Director said: “It was great fun having Laura on the team for a morning, and the live radio broadcasts created a unique chance to bring the trentbarton customer ‘behind the curtain’ to see what goes on behind the scenes at a busy bus company.
“For us, it was a fantastic opportunity to show off the hard work that goes into running a really good bus service, and the first class team at the depot. Plus, we got a free helper for a morning, which is always appreciated!
“We really do value all our employees at trentbarton, and this was recently recognised with our Employer of the Year award from the Nottinghamshire Training Network. If Laura ever fancies a change from radio, she’s be a welcome member of the trentbarton team.’