Secretary of State for Transport visits CT Skills
Stag Communications secured a visit from the Secretary of State for Transport to meet with East Midlands training provider CT Skills to learn about its pioneering traineeship programme .
Stag Communication has been working with CT Skills to promote the new traineeships which are being used within the passenger transport industry and invited Patrick McLoughlin to come and see the results of the programme and meet some of the trainees who have progressed into work as a result of the training.
CT Skills met with Patrick at the Heanor depot of bus operator yourbus, where he was able to hear about the benefits of traineeships from the perspective of the training provider, employer and newly recruited bus drivers.
The traineeship programme 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 have 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 test, both of which are required to drive a passenger transport vehicle.
Sarah Taylor is Commercial and Marketing Manager for yourbus she 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.”