Did you know that Oxford Bus Company is one of Oxford’s largest employers with over 600 members of staff? Each Friday we ask an employee 5 questions to find out what it’s like to work here at OBC. This week we spoke to Driving Instructor and OBC Cycle Team Member, Steve Barnes.
Staff member name: Steve Barnes
I’ve worked at Oxford Bus Company for: 22 years and 5 days!
1) You’ve worked at Oxford Bus Company for a while, would you mind telling us about your career?
I started driving mini-buses on the ’15 Road’ Wood Farm service and did so for 3 years. I then drove on the ‘707 route’ for 6 months before progressing to the big buses on ’52 Road’ (now the city5). I became a part time Driving Instructor in January 1995 and by 1997 I was instructing full time. So for the past 19 years I have been training drivers that are new to the company.
2) How many drivers have you trained in the past 19 years?
Since joining the Training Department we’ve trained 2,357 drivers, as well as numerous engineers and office staff. I have played at least a small part in training most of these staff members.
3) What is your favourite thing to do in Oxford or best place to visit?
I like to ‘Get on me Bike’ and ride around the countryside in Oxfordshire. I try to keep fit along with other members of the Oxford Bus Company cycle team.
4) How often does the cycle team meet?
Last year we cycled approximately 750 miles for charity and then an additional 2000 miles in social riding and training sessions.
5) What is the best thing about working at Oxford Bus Company?
The best thing about working for the company is the comradery between all of the staff . They have made my working life here a very good experience.