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Support efficiencies and safety
A high-level and long track record of safety underpins the division’s reputation as being a preferred service provider to South African companies and passengers.

Safety is not only linked to employing a responsible and trusted driver team, they are in turn supported by the technical staff who ensure that the vehicles are well maintained and adhere to all safety standards. A well-maintained fleet also increases efficiencies in fuel usage and vehicle service costs. The unquestioned level of safety is due to continued focus on employing the best skills to maintain vehicles and transport passengers – from the bus drivers to the technical workshop employees.

Unitrans Passenger is committed to the training and retention of skilled staff to support this commitment and address the general business partnered with SOLTEC, a technical college, where apprentices are exposed to the practical vehicle maintenance environment at one of Passenger’s many accredited workshops for a period of 85 weeks. Once these apprentices pass their trade tests and qualify, they could be offered permanent employment at any one of the workshops countrywide.

Operational staff are also encouraged to complete their Road Transport Diploma through the University of Johannesburg.

  • 26 apprentices currently in training
  • 41 bursaries and other study assistance awarded for completion of a degree or diploma
  • Driver and front-line staff receive ongoing refresher training
  • Beneficial and successful in-house training department

STRATEGIC DRIVERS:

High barriers to entry

Skills and talent management

IMPLEMENTATION:

Investment in training and skills development

BENEFIT:

A well-established track record of high safety standards and cost efficiencies support new contract gains and public reputation.

RESULT:

Improved service levels, lower maintenance costs as a result of skilled technical staff, low incident rates, staff retention

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