A pilot project to train refugees as bus drivers will launch in Eindhoven soon.
Dutch bus company, Connexxion, announced plans to roll out the project in Eindhoven and Nijmegen.
This comes after a successful pilot in Arnhem, Gelderland’s capital city. Nine Syrian refugees, all of whom gained legal status in the Netherlands, successfully completed the necessary training to become bus drivers.
At the beginning of their training, none of the trainees had any prior experience with bus driving. They also did not speak Dutch well. According to Connexxion, now that they have completed their training, they have been fully accepted into the company and drive buses through several routes in Arnhem on a regular basis.
It is not yet known exactly when the pilot will start.
Translator: Rachael Vickerman