Community transport is a local service for people who are unable to use other forms of transport, for example the elderly, disabled and schoolchildren.
As a community transport operations manager, it would be your job to oversee the day-to-day delivery of the service.
Your duties would include:
You would be responsible for supervising community transport drivers and passenger assistants.
You would work around 40 hours a week, full-time. Depending on the service, you may have to work weekends. Early starts are common.
You would mainly be office-based and spend most of your time at a computer. You may sometimes be required to perform passenger assistant duties.
Starting salaries can be from £20,000 to £25,000 a year.
With experience, this can rise to £30,000 a year.
You can find opportunities in most areas of the country, with public, private and voluntary organisations.
Vacancies are usually advertised in the local press, and on the websites listed opposite. Many community transport organisations are run by local councils, therefore jobs may be advertised on your local authority or community transport association websites.
The most common way into this career is to work your way up from other roles in community transport.
Employers usually expect you to be educated to A Level standard, or equivalent, with a good level of maths and English. Experience of managing people and services would also give you an advantage when looking for work.
You may need Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance for this job.
Once you are working, you could take the NVQ in Managing in Road Passenger Transport, levels 3 and 4.
Other options include industry related qualifications such as the Certificate of Professional Competence in National Passenger Transport offered by Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR).
As an ambulance technician you would respond to accident and emergency calls, as well as a range of planned and unplanned non-emergency cases. You would usually work in a team, providing support to a paramedic during the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients at the scene of an incident and during hospital transfers.
You may use life saving skills as part of your day-to-day work.
A community transport operations manager needs:
With experience, you could move into managing transport operations for other companies.
You could also take on more senior roles within community transport, for example service director.
Solihull, Birmingham B37 7UQ
Tel: 0121 635 5520
Community Transport Association,
Highbank, Halton Street, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 2NY
Tel: 0845 130 6195
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