Mohammed Bashir, owner of Boro Taxis

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF BORO TAXIS

Boro Taxis, Tees Valley’s largest taxi firm, is helping the drive to get people in the area back into work.
The company, in partnership with Aim High Training, has secured funding to run a Back to Work Pilot scheme, for up to 100 unemployed individuals, that includes an Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Certificate in Introduction of the Role of the Professional Taxi & Private Hire Driver.

Following two initial open days, 37 men and two women have signed up to initiative that comprises practical and classroom-based training at Boro Taxis, based at Cargo Fleet, Middlesbrough.

About 50 people were referred, by Avanta and Job Centre Plus, to the open days where they were able to find out what the role of a private hire driver entailed and if they wished to proceed further.

John Moon, a director at Boro Taxis, which has a fleet of 700 vehicles, is a qualified assessor and will be leading the training, which comprise two days a week for six weeks.

Mohammed Bashir, who set up the private hire company in 1982, with just three cars, said: “The company has grown so much and is keen to provide new opportunities. As a proud Teessider, I wanted to help local people looking for work by furnishing them with the skills and knowhow to pursue a career in the private hire industry.

“Those who pass the BTEC and meet the necessary standards and regulatory checks will be guaranteed a job with us.”

The BTEC course covers customer service, disability awareness, health and safety, route planning, the carriage of luggage, and the regulations surrounding the industry.

Tom Davison, owner of Aim High Training, said: “The participants will be able to get a feel for how a large successful taxi firm operates from day one and also work towards an industry recognised qualification.”

Following the training, the Licensing Authority will assess the suitability of all applicants for a job as a private hire driver, via CRB checks and medical check and knowledge tests.

Boro Taxis has a workforce of 800, which is made up of a mixture of direct employees and self-employed drivers, all of whom are fully trained.

ENDS

CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

Boro Taxis was founded by Mohammed Bashir in 1982 with three cars.

Today the company has a fleet of about 700 vehicles, provides employment for up to 800 people in Tees Valley and handles between 70,000 and 80,000 jobs per week.

All of Boro Taxis’ private hire drivers are licensed with the relevant Licensing Authorities and undergo National Vocational Qualification 2 training in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving.

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