Recruitment &Training

ESRTP Vacancies

Minibus Drivers

It is essential that you have D1 on your driving licence, either by virtue of passing your car driving test before 1997 or by passing a D1 test from 1997 onwards. Successful applicants will be given MiDAS training in respect of driving the minibuses and safely securing and transporting people with disabilities.

Duties include morning and afternoon runs to and from day centres and schools as well as educational trips on behalf of schools or excursions to places of interest, shopping centres or pub lunches for elderly people during the middle part of the day.

Minibus Driver Job Description

Minibus Driver Person Specification

Application Form

Applications must be made by downloading,completing and returning the application form to us at the address given on the form.

Passenger Assistants

Passenger Assistants provide care and support for passengers with particular needs whilst travelling on the minibuses. Successful applicants will be given training as appropriate.

Passenger Assistant Job Description

Passenger Assistant Job Description (term time only)

Passenger Assistant Person Specification

Application Form

What sort of people are we looking for?

We are looking for people with a caring and patient nature. All potential employees will be subject to an enhanced CRB check and will need to meet Surrey County Council's requirements for the issue of Blue or Red Badges for drivers and passenger assistants.

MiDAS & PATS Training

MiDAS & PATS courses originated with Hampshire County Council and are available nationwide through the Community Transport Association to give nationally recognised qualifications.

For up to date information visit the MiDAS & PATS training pages of the CTA website

Please Note: ESRTP runs MiDAS courses on an ad-hoc basis subject to our own operational priorities. We can usually only run MiDAS courses for organisations based in the eastern boroughs and districts of Surrey, principally Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge.

As a result of Covid 19 all courses have been suspended until further notice, but will resume when deemed safe to do so.

For courses in other parts of Surrey, please contact the nearest of the following Community Transport organisations:

Northwest Surrey

Runnymede Borough Council Community Transport

01932 425050

Southwest Surrey

Waverley Hoppa

01428 681701

West & Mid-Surrey

Woking Community Transport (Woking Bustler)

01483 744800

For those living in parts of Surrey close to London Boroughs, the following organisations provide MiDAS training:

Croydon Accessible Transport

020 8665 0861

Hounslow Community Transport

020 8572 8204

Richmond & Kingston Accessible Transport (RAKAT)

020 8942 1745

Sutton Community Transport

020 8683 3944

MiDAS Courses for Schools

We can run courses for school staff who have D1 on their driving licences. For school staff who passed their car test from 1997 onwards and who have just a B licence it is only possible to drive a minibus that is up to 3.5 tonnes Maximum Authorised Mass/Gross Vehicle Weight or 4.25 tonnes if the minibus is accessible by means of a passenger lift or ramp. Before booking courses schools are advised to check the MAM/GVW of their bus which can be found on a plate or sticker under the bonnet, inside the front door frame or under the driver's seat. It will be the second heaviest weight on the plate.

Driver Assessor Trainers & PATS Trainers

If your organisation is looking to train a large number of drivers or passenger assistants you may find it more economic to train a member of your own staff to deliver the training in-house. The Community Transport Association website has information on how to become a trainer and a list of MiDAS Training Agencies that train trainers:

Do you want to become a MiDAS trainer?

MiDAS Training Agencies

Page updated 23 May 2020

"Very good service, drivers always so nice, make me feel relaxed, happy and safe. Well done to everyone."

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