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 Employment and skills in the Transport Sector

​Employment & skills in the transport sector

Excellent transport is essential for the quality of life and economy of the Liverpool City Region. It provides for the efficient movement and access of people and goods across the area. To facilitate the growth in transport and to accommodate the expected increase in visitors to the region transport operators require the best resources available to provide this service. The employees for the transport sector must support, deliver and enhance the service to patrons to allow this City Region to grow.
Working in partnership with employers, Job Centre Plus and learning providers, the STEP Employment & Skills team at Merseytravel has developed training programmes to enable unemployed clients to gain skills to access transport sector jobs. Through our programmes, businesses are able to employ local residents who are trained and qualified to national standards and to whatever the business requires.
By encouraging employers to change their recruitment style away from ‘word of mouth’ and employing staff simply for holding basic skills, the team have inspired a sector to recruit for attitude and train for skill. By selecting applicants based on communication skills, their ability to work with customers and for a positive attitude, employers have seen a change in their workforce.
It is the individuals themselves who also feel a sense of achievement, many engaging in learning and gaining qualification on their journey into employment. The STEP team engages with each of the candidates and instills a sense of customer pride in their role and this is then carried forward as they start their employment.
Employers working on this project include Arriva, Stagecoach, Selwyns Travel, Stenaline, Huyton Travel Ltd, BikeRight! and Community Transport organisations.

By employing staff that have customer service at the heart of everything they do, the training providers have worked together with Merseytravel to provide vocational skills and qualifications, employers have staff that, despite being new to the sector can hit the ground running and provide a quality service to customers straight away.
In the first four years of the project has delivered over 800 qualifications to job seekers, supporting applications for employment across the region. From the over 450 people have now secured full time sustainable employment within the transport sector.
The project intends to raise the profile of jobs and careers in the sector.  By working in partnership across the City Region and nationally with Sector Skills Council People 1st the team has provided information, advice and guidance to over 20000 people at school and college careers fairs, graduate development days.
To see some of our successful candidates please view our case studies.
If you are currently a resident of Merseyside and are unemployed please view our current training opportunities. To register on a course please see your job centre advisor at your local job centre who will allocate you a place on the next available open day.
If you have any questions or would like any more information on any of our opportunities please call 0151 330 1189. By providing a steady stream of positive, well trained employees who have sector specific skills as well as the right attitude to customer service we can ensure that the future for transport in the Region is in good hands.