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Transport Secretary meets new bus drivers

Patrick McLoughlin at YourbusThe Secretary of State for Transport and MP for Derbyshire Dales Patrick McLoughlin was at Heanor based bus operator Yourbus today to find out about a pioneering new traineeship programme to help recruit and train new bus drivers.

The programme, which is being delivered in partnership with East Midlands training provider CT Skills, focuses on equipping candidates with the key skills needed to successfully secure employment.

Chief Executive Officer at CT Skills, Alex Ford said: “We work with employers across the East Midlands and know that to find a successful match between job seeker and employer, we need to understand the needs of both parties.

“We work hard to make sure we are preparing learners for work within a specific industry, while educating them on what businesses expect from their employees.

“This tandem approach has been used in our traineeship programme for Yourbus and means we are able to help a far greater proportion of our learners to secure employment. In turn yourbus can be confident that the people they are employing are right for them and their business.”

After a few weeks of classroom-based training with CT Skills, covering Maths, English and customer service, the trainees progress on to join the team at Yourbus and start the practical training necessary to prepare them for the Hazard Perception Theory Test and the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) test, both of which are required to drive a passenger transport vehicle.

Sarah Taylor, Commercial and Marketing Manager for Yourbus, said: “We have all worked really hard to get a training programme in place that works for our business and helps us to deliver the best service for our passengers. It's been great to have the opportunity to show the Secretary of State for Transport what we and CT Skills have achieved.”

Pictured, from left, Brian Fairhurst, Training Manager Yourbus, Alex Ford CEO CT Skills, Philip Hopewell and Nicole Axtell, newly qualified drivers, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin and Sarah Hopewell and Gavin Grantham newly qualified drivers.