Go North East validated by new global standards initiative

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The training programme that Go North East undertook took six weeks to complete, with instructors completing the RoSPA advanced training test

Go North East have completed training with National Express, meaning they are now fully compliant with the coach company’s recently-introduced driver evaluation process.

The operator is now the first to fully complete the training programme and can now guarantee that every one of its drivers is up to speed with the expected standards and responsibilities.

The training, which took place over six weeks saw the instructors complete the Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents’ (RoSPA) accredited advanced training test, which was accompanied by four validation evaluations, an initial competence check, skills analysis and regular feedback.

As the first company to be fully validated, the operator has been working with National Express for over 40 years.

Go North East operates a fleet of 30 coaches with a team of around 100 drivers from its Chester-le-Street depot to destinations including London, the South Coast, the Midlands and North West.

Nick Badham from National Express said: “Our thanks go to the team at Go North East for being so accommodating concluded and flexible.

As well as being one of the first companies to complete the new scheme, they allowed us to use their training coach and facilities to ensure all elements of the programme were undertaken to the highest standards.

Well done to all the trainers, Tracy, Nathan and Rachael who passed.”

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