NEW bus drivers have steered their way to success with a new qualification.
The six drivers are all new to Go North East and have benefited from a partnership arrangement between Go North East, New Durham College and external training provider GAP Training.
Jim Dunn, driver training and development officer for Go North East, said: “We are delighted the first cohort of drivers has finished the qualifications. These apprentices will benefit from a good, solid grounding in the key skills we expect of our drivers and staff in order to provide excellent services to our customers.”
The apprenticeship is based on five different qualifications within its framework which apprentices work towards.
These are Key Skills English and numeracy, a technical certificate, an NVQ Level Two diploma and an Apprenticeship Framework certificate.
The first candidates to have completed the course received their certificates from Paul Bell from GAP Training at New College Durham.
Paul said: “We pride ourselves on delivering the type of vocational training that companies need and fits their vision of how they want their staff to be skilled. This partnership with New College Durham and Go North East does just that.”
Bev Hart, head of business development for the college, said: “New College Durham is delighted to be working in Partnership with Go North East and Gap Training on this initiative. We are looking forward to continued success, working together to up-skill the Go North East workforce.”
Martin Harris, Go North East commercial director, added: “We believe in investing in our staff for the benefit of our customers and these apprentices are proof of our commitment to that.”