Training division announced
The Hull-based EYMS Group has announced the formal establishment of a separate training division named EYMS Bus & Coach Training, to build on its well-established and successful in-house bus and coach driver training expertise.
The EU Training Directive, which applies to bus and coach drivers from this September, requires all vocational licence holders to undergo 35 hours ‘periodic’ training every five years to qualify for the new driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) in order to keep their licence in force. New drivers must also receive even more thorough initial training to gain their driver CPC, and then continue with the 35 hours ‘periodic’ training every five years throughout their professional career.
This means that despite its already excellent safety record much more training will be required by the bus and coach industry and EYMS’ successful training division is now to offer its services to third parties to help meet the increased demand.
The company already has an excellent record in training drivers to gain their vocational licence, with a recent first time DSA test pass rate above the national average.
Also, over several years the company has developed in-service training programmes and has already successfully qualified over 220 of its own 500 drivers to NVQ Level 2 standard, as well as providing its staff with bespoke courses including defensive driving, customer care, disability awareness, drivers’ hours rules, tachograph knowledge, and managing violence and aggression.
EYMS is partnered in this development by Springfield Training Ltd, a Hull-based independent training provider with whom the company has worked closely for several years. EYMS also has a formal agreement with Hull College which provides funding for some of the NVQ training and makes available to EYMS drivers many of the college facilities.
EYMS has already received formal DSA approval for its upgraded training centre based at its head office in Anlaby Road, Hull, and has refurbished its classroom facilities to the new standards required by the Directive.
The company has a fleet of five specially adapted training buses, and currently conducts the required manoeuvring exercises in its own bus parking area, but intends to establish a separate site locally for this purpose.
EYMS chairman Peter Shipp said, “Our training division is already widely acknowledged within the industry as a centre of excellence, and we were runners-up in a national industry award scheme last year. Since we have to provide even more training for our own staff because of the Training Directive, we thought it sensible to offer our expertise to other bus and coach operators, local authorities and other organisations to make use of the spare capacity which will become available and to earn some revenue to help offset the increased internal training costs.”
“We already have interest from two of our local authorities and we shall be developing bespoke training modules to suit the Periodic Training requirements of these and other clients”
“Our training manager and driving instructors are fully qualified to DSA requirements and have considerable experience in training our own drivers, and this has demonstrated its benefits by reducing accidents and improving our service quality as well as increasing the standing of our driving staff.”
Issued by PETER SHIPP
Chairman and Chief Executive
EYMS Group Limited
4 September 2008