Find the best, then train the best
Giving dedicated drivers the tools and training to succeed
Through our comprehensive training program, we equip drivers with the tools to address issues such as:
- Safety and security
- Injury prevention
- Behavioral management
- Specialized equipment procedures
Drivers hired every day through our national recruiting team
Hours of specialized training for van drivers
Partner with First Student and you’ll get:
We thoroughly screen prospective drivers and follow a carefully crafted interview and selection process to ensure we hire only the best, most professional individuals for your community. Our minimal hiring requirements include background checks, drug and alcohol testing, and physical performance and dexterity tests.
Comprehensive Driver Training
We understand that new and experienced drivers require different training, so we’ve developed comprehensive programs targeting each level of experience. Programs include The Smith System® advanced driver training, sexual harassment training, safety procedure training, and injury prevention. No matter the program, a focus on professionalism is weaved into every curriculum to ensure your district will have skilled, respectful, and compassionate drivers.
Early Childhood and Developmental Disabilities Training
All students deserve equal care. That’s why First Student drivers participate in numerous needs-specific education programs, workshops, and on-the-job training focused on recognizing, responding to, and transporting students with a variety of physical and emotional needs.
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Learn More About Us
As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student moves more passengers per day than all U.S. airlines combined. We know the value in leveraging our best practices, technologies and processes to deliver quality transportation solutions. What sets us apart is our desire to build close, trusted partnerships with the districts we serve.