Jobs aboard the City Sightseeing Red Bus Tours in York
THE stories behind York’s tour guides were shared with restaurateurs in the midst of a recruitment drive.
Behind the welcoming smiles of City Sightseeing’s red bus tours lie diverse life stories – from global romances to college dreams.
The company is sharing the stories ahead of a summer recruiting campaign, which means there is room for more.
Meet Kel, Ross, Juliette and Nicholas, who are part of the team behind City Sightseeing York’s red open-top sightseeing buses, which are enjoying a busy start to summer as the UK tourism industry looks to bounce back in summer 2021.
All four have roots in Italy, Canada, France, and Ecuador, but it’s the bus line around iconic landmarks like York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and Dick Turpin’s Grave that brings them together.
Canadian Ross Sweeney grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia before moving in his twenties to Toronto. Romance played its part in bringing Ross, 43, on York’s red sightseeing buses.
“It all started before online dating was a thing,” Ross explained.
“I went to a physiotherapy clinic in Toronto and saw Gem, who was based there on a UK work visa. After he returned to Britain, we kept in touch, before meeting up in London and then in Yorkshire, where I fell in love with York for the first time.
“I moved to the UK and we lived in Essex for a while – then Gem found a job in York in 2017, and that’s when I joined City Sightseeing, first with the sales team, then as a supervisor before becoming Tourism Manager.
“I am now working with many tourist attractions in York to form partnerships so that we can promote each other – a win-win for our city. ”
Student Juliette Brenot left her hometown of Metz in northeastern France two years ago to study English language and linguistics at the University of York – and jumped at the chance to join the City Sightseeing York customer service team at the Exhibition Square tour booth in September. 2020.
Juliette, 20, is fluent in English and German as well as her native French, and hopes to welcome European visitors back to York’s red sightseeing buses when travel restrictions ease.
Juliette said: ‘When I was 12 I dreamed of living here in UK and having visited York as a tourist and loving the city so much, I was very happy to earn a place to study here.
“A prerequisite for successful red bus tours is being able to talk with visitors and make them feel happy and welcome. I’m just waiting to see more French clients!
Distance is no problem for Nicholas Sanchez, who traded his hometown of Ambato in Ecuador’s central Andes valley for the Cayman Islands before arriving in York at the age of 9 in 2012 .
Nicholas works with the City Sightseeing York team until September, when he begins a course in automotive engineering at Coventry University.
“We see York through the eyes of a tourist,” said Nicholas.
“The architecture, history and the way it has been completely preserved make it special, and it has a warm atmosphere with great hospitality. Working with the tour bus team gives me a lot of information on how to take care of customers, and since April we’ve seen more and more people come to York with us.
The father of operations supervisor Kel Pizzuti arrived in Britain as a post-war Italian immigrant, first living in Bedford before moving to Nottingham, where Kel, 35, began a career in the bus with local company Trent Barton.
Last month Kel was drawn north by the opportunity to live and work in York, and sees this summer as a great opportunity for the city to take advantage of a tourism boom.
“I can see this summer will be a good time if the May school holidays were something to happen,” Kel says. “You can rest assured that things will come back, safe of course.
“We’re recruiting now for this summer, and the people we’re looking for will have the ability to tell York’s story in an engaging and entertaining way. We have an actress and a performance artist on our team, but it’s not a prerequisite to have been on stage – the most important thing is a friendly and welcoming personality, and a love for this amazing city.
City Sightseeing York is currently recruiting for Seasonal Tour Guide and Sales Assistant positions.
Hours are flexible and applicants will need to be available to work weekends, holidays and other times during the peak summer season.
For more information and to apply, you can send a cover letter and CV to training officer Dale French via [email protected] or by calling 07801 200757.