Job type

Community transport driver

£14k - £25k

Typical salary

37 – 47

Hours per week

Community transport drivers provide a door-to-door service for people who can't easily use public transport.

More info

  • Provide a door-to-door service for people who can't easily use public transport
  • Option to move into other areas of driving, or, with further training, into vehicle maintenance and repair
  • Passengers may need transport from early in the morning to late in the evening

DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES

  • Planning the best route
  • Lifting and helping passengers on and off
  • Performing basic vehicle checks
  • Keeping the vehicle tidy between journeys

DAY-TO-DAY ENVIRONMENT

You'll need to be flexible as passengers may need transport from early in the morning to late in the evening. Most of your time will be spent in the vehicle. You'll usually be provided with a uniform.

You'll need

This role is ideal for someone who enjoys driving, working with others and has good communication skills.

You'll need to be at least 17 years old to drive a car and 21 years old to drive a minibus. You'll need a category D licence to drive larger passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs) with more than 9 seats. You must also have a full UK or EU driving licence, held for at least 12 months and pass enhanced background checks.

Experience in customer care, healthcare or social work will be useful. It will also help if you have an understanding of disability needs as many of your passengers will be disabled.

It may be possible to apply directly if you have relevant skills and knowledge, although your employer will give you training.

Alternatively you could do a passenger transport driver intermediate apprenticeship which will usually take 12 months to complete. You'll do on the job training and spend time with a college or training provider. You'll need to be 18 and must hold a valid UK driving licence, at least Category B (car driving licence) for this apprenticeship.

CAREER PROSPECTS

With experience, you could progress to operations or service manager. With the right licence, you could also move into other areas of driving, or, with further training, into vehicle maintenance and repair.