Stagecoach launches new inspection training in partnership with FTA

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Stagecoach has joined forces with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to develop a bespoke training course designed to further improve safety standards and vehicle reliability.

The new inspection training course will be made available to all engineers and fourth year apprentices across Stagecoach’s UK Bus operations. The course has been certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) as a ‘Quality Assured Programme.’

During the three day course, staff are given an in-depth insight into the legalities of vehicle inspection. They are also given an opportunity to undertake an assessed inspection themselves, which helps to outline the specific requirements that make up an inspection.

Employees can then apply this knowledge when inspecting vehicles internally within Stagecoach’s bus operations to deliver a more consistent level of inspection and further improve the standard of vehicle maintenance across the company.

Stagecoach UK Bus Engineering Director, Sam Greer, said: “The safety and quality of our vehicles is absolutely paramount to our operations and we are always looking for ways to further improve safety standards and vehicle reliability.

“We believe this course will raise further our standards of vehicle inspection, which is good news for our customers and we are pleased to have been able to work with the Freight Transport Association on this initiative.”

FTA’s Head of Contract Management and PassengerFTA, Lee Scarlett, commented: “It is essential that training equips and develops people, providing them with the relevant skills to raise standards, confidently line-manage their teams and fully understand the importance of compliance.

“Working with the Stagecoach training team to develop, trial and launch this bespoke technical training course has been a pleasure and demonstrates the commitment it has to its engineering teams.

“As the training programme is introduced throughout the Stagecoach network, FTA looks forward to building on this great working relationship for many years to come.”