Training Excellence Award

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Following the company’s success in winning the RouteOne UK Large Bus Operator of the Year award in October, East Yorkshire Motor Services, the largest subsidiary of the Hull-based independent company EYMS Group Ltd., last night won the Training Excellence award in the Mail News and Media 2009 Business Awards organised by the area’s leading daily newspaper the Hull Daily Mail. 

On hand to collect the award, which was announced after a dinner at a local hotel, were Training Manager Darren Kendrew and three members of the training team – Martin Cleary, Steve Brown and Mike Watson. All four, along with EYMS chairman Peter Shipp, were called to the stage to receive the statuette and certificate from the Vice-Chancellor of Hull University, whose Business School sponsored this particular award, one of ten business and individual awards announced during the evening. 

The judges for this award were looking for entrants’ training policies and any training initiatives that have been introduced, how the business encourages management and organisational learning, and the adoption of strategic training and development policies which have led to benefits to the business. 

They commented “EYMS has enhanced its in-house training to such an extent that it was amongst the first in the country approved to deliver the new Driver CPC training courses.  Successful partnerships with Hull’s Springfield Training and with Hull College have seen a wide variety of courses go from strength to strength”. 

EYMS now has over 280 drivers accredited to NVQ level 2 and since the formal establishment of its training section as a separate division last year the Driver CPC courses are now also offered to other bus and coach operators.  To date more than 120 drivers from other companies have undertaken this training and the word is spreading with enquiries now being received from West Yorkshire and as far away as Cumbria.  

One of the trainers, Martin Cleary, has recently been successful in gaining DSA authorisation as a delegated driving examiner for the company and he and the other five trainers have achieved NVQ level 3 in driving instruction. Most of them have also achieved City and Guilds teaching qualifications and they are supported by a small team of drivers who have qualified as internal assessors and verifiers. 

Very soon after EYMS Bus and Coach Training was established it won a contract with Humberside Police to deliver the speed awareness seminars offered to drivers caught speeding and starting at four a month the Police have now stepped this up to nine, with over 80 seminars presented to date.  


Note:  East Yorkshire Motor Services runs over 300 buses and coaches from bases in Hull and East and North Yorkshire, employing almost 800 staff of whom over 500 are bus and coach drivers.


For more information on EYMS Bus & Coach Training, or to register your interest in booking a course, please see our Training pages.


Issued by Peter Shipp
Chairman and Chief Executive
East Yorkshire Motor Services Ltd
27 November 2009 


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