Joint scheme to help unemployed recognised

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A joint partnership agreement has been signed between the CPT and the Department for Work & Pensions to formally recognise the work done to help the unemployed train to become bus drivers.

CPT President Malcolm Robson and Minister for Employment Mark Hoban MP signed the agreement following work to help the unemployed enter the industry through the development of the PCV sector-based driving academy.

The pilot project was introduced by Ipswich Buses and has seen 12 new drivers employed, with more set to enroll. Other companies using the scheme are First in Sheffield and Stagecoach in Scotland.

Robson said: “This scheme is a marvellous example of what can be achieved when industry and the Government work together.”

Hoban said: “I want to make sure all young people have a good start to their careers – that’s why it’s important for the Government to work with employers and trade associations. I’m pleased I am signing partnership agreements with six major associations, including the CPT. This will help us to promote schemes and create more opportunities for young jobseekers across the country.”