TAS training will support ‘new wave’ of managers

Passenger transport consultancy The TAS Partnership has introduced a new CILT-approved qualification for depot and middle managers in the coach and bus industry.

This is the second of three courses which TAS is currently devising. Launched in 2015, the first, a Level 3 Certificate in Road Passenger First Line Management, is aimed at developing drivers and technicians to become supervisors and junior leaders.

The new Level 5 Certificate in Road Passenger Transport Management provides the opportunity for junior leaders aspiring to be depot managers to illustrate and take their knowledge and abilities to the next level. Modules will cover managing services and customer standards, people, finance, and managing a depot’s resources – culminating in exams and assignments.

TAS course developer Andrew Guest says: “Depot and middle managers are a vital part of the coach and bus industry and there has been precious little recognition of their talents up to now.

“This new certificate fills that void and will provide clear acknowledgement of their abilities and reward their hard work. It builds on the success so far of the Level 3 supervisor course which has attracted glowing endorsements from UK Bus MDs of two of the big PLCs,” adds Andrew.

Austin Birks, chair of the CILT Bus and Coach Forum, says: “The Bus and Coach Forum is delighted at the excellent progress that the TAS Partnership has made with creating and delivering these long overdue qualifications. We look forward to working with them to help develop the next generation of coach and bus industry leaders.”

TAS will provide a four-day residential course to prepare students for the certificate, the first one expected to run in November.