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New Year, new job? Put yourself in the driving seat

12 Jan 2018
Up to 20 taxi bus driver jobs are being created by the new Belfast Taxi Bus Service Employment Academy as a result of a partnership between Belfast City Council and Belfast Taxis CIC.

The Belfast Taxi Bus Service Employment Academy aims to expand Belfast Taxis CIC’s community based public hire transport service by providing tailored training which meets industry requirements.

A drop-in Meet the Employer event is scheduled for Thursday, 1 February at An Culturlann, 10am – 4pm on the Falls Road and all those who are interested, and currently unemployed or working under 16 hours a week, are invited to attend.

Councillor Mairéad O’Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said: “A central aim of our Belfast Agenda is to create employment and opportunity. We know that the main barrier that stops people becoming black taxi drivers is the expense of getting a licence. So I’m delighted that our new Belfast Taxi Bus Service Employment Academy will not only deliver the training required, but it will also cover the cost of the training and the qualification.”

Those who complete Academy training will then be able to apply for Taxi Bus driver vacancies with Belfast Taxis CIC. The Academy will also provide tourism-related training for six existing drivers, giving them the opportunity to upskill as minibus and coach drivers and to deliver tours so that they benefit from our growing tourism industry.
The ‘Meet the Employer’ event at An Culturlann on Thursday, 1 February will provide key information on the 20 jobs available and undertake initial interviews to select people for this employment academy.

For more information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/employability
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