How to become a community transport driver
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a passenger transport driver intermediate apprenticeship.
This will usually take 12 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time with a college or training provider.
You'll need to be 18 and must hold a valid UK driving licence, at least Category B (car driving licence).
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
If you have previously worked with vulnerable children or adults, or have driving experience and a clean licence you may be able to work as a volunteer driver.
Some organisations may be willing to offer training towards recognised community transport standards like MiDAS.
It may be possible to apply directly if you have relevant skills and knowledge, although your employer will give you training.
You'll need a category D licence to drive larger passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs) with more than 9 seats.
Experience in customer care, healthcare or social work will be useful. It will also help if you have an understanding of disability needs as many of your passengers will be disabled.
You can find out more about becoming a community transport driver from the Community Transport Association.