A major transport company is undertaking an urgent recruitment drive on the Sunshine Coast as it seeks to bolster its driver stocks.

ComfortDelGro Australia Corporation's CDC Queensland arm, which took charge of Buslink back in 2018, is seeking to hire about 35 drivers on the Sunshine Coast and 15 in Gladstone over the next 12 months.

The local bus operator which formerly operated as Buslink since about 2000 is one of the country's largest bus transport companies.

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A driver shortage prompted the urgent recruitment drive with a driver information day to be held on Thursday, April 15 for prospective new employees.

The company operates more than 200 daily school bus services across the Coast, servicing more than 50 schools from Noosa to Caloundra and went past Nambour.

The driver information day will run from 9am to midday at the Kunda Park depot for those considering a career change.

CDC Queensland general manager of operations Lisa Parker said a "good percentage" of drivers were semi-retirees attracted to the flexibility of the work but also the dependability of the Monday-Friday school term hours.

"Our driver team is made up of people of all ages and stages, including a beekeeper, an ex-NRL referee, a vacuum store franchisee, an ex-veterinarian nurse, and a former bank manager, who all love what they do," Ms Parker said.

Up to seven school bus drivers could start immediately across the Sunshine Coast and Gladstone with extra positions to be filled as vacancies arose later in the year.

For information call 07 5476 6622 or email info.sunshinecoast@cdcbus.com.au.

The December quarter unemployment figures for the Sunshine Coast in 2020 showed there were more than 11,100 unemployed in the region with an unemployment rate of 6.8 per cent.

That was up from 6.2 per cent for the December quarter in 2019.



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