First Borders, the region-wide bus operator, is aiming to hire up to ten people at a recruitment drive in Hawick today (Friday).
The vacancies are in the company’s administration and driving departments, and staff manager Gordon Grant hopes the First jobs boost will enable the firm to “ease just a little bit” the blow the town suffered when almmost 180 workers were made redundant following the closure of Hawick Knitwear in January.
And news of the employment boon has been welcomed by two of Hawick’s councillors, Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer, both of whom have been involved in setting up the First Borders jobs event.
Talking to the Hawick News, Mr Grant said: “OnFriday, we’re hoping to let people know what the jobs entail and put them through their applications.”
Asked why the company was targeting the Hawick workforce, Mr Grant explained: “We’d heard the news about Hawick Knitwear, which was obviously a big blow for the town, and we thought if there was anything we could do to ease things just a little bit, it would be a bonus.”
Outlining what he felt were the benefits of working for First Borders, which already employs around 30 people from the Hawick area, Mr Grant added: “We’ve got a good pension scheme and our employees’ families enjoy free bus travel.
“You’re also not just stuck in an office all the time. You get out and about. You’re into Edinburgh, down to Carlisle, and you’re across to Peebles . . . and the pay’s pretty good.”
Councillor McAteer said it was a fantastic initiative by First Bus and a “real shot in the arm for Hawick”.
Councillor Marshall added: “I’ve been delighted to work with the company in an effort to find jobs for our community.”
First’s recruitment event will be held in the Heart of Hawick, today (Friday), from 10am to 2pm.