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Introduction to Travel Training

The Award winning Essex Travel Training Team is now able to offer a 1 ½ day training package to assist Authorities and organisations looking to set up a scheme.
The course will cover the basics that you need to know and will be delivered by the ETT manager and an experienced trainer.

Topics covered include:
  • Starting up
  • Client suitability
  • Risks
  • Route planning
  • Training
  • What if’s
  • Recording
  • Success.

Testimonials from a recent Training Course



Essex have recently delivered ITT 'Train the trainer' workshops to teams from Coventry. The teams found the sessions interactive, informative and fun.
As the sessions progressed it was great to see a change in the perception of many members of the group.
The sessions helped inform, reassure and empower our staff and we now feel that we've got a really engaged and enthusiastic group to go out and get training!

Brent Transport Service 

Dear Jackie

Thank you for the training Essex Travel Training Team delivered to 10 adult social care staff in Brent in June 2011.
The training delivered gave the experienced staff already working in adult social care the necessary confidence to approach the travel training with renewed belief and enthusiasm. 
The training was delivered in an informal style, drawing upon useful anecdotal examples that allowed staff to learn & empathise rather than have clinical scenarios that they could not relate to. The delivery of the training allowed constant stop checks to assess all were keeping up to speed and dealt with all questions as they arose which prevented any confusion in the trainees. 
The templates provided were more than useful as a guide to the processes that are needed in Brent to deliver a professional structure in the travel training. The overview provided by the training allows us to confidently replicate the training journey of the clients with a seamless professional approach to ensure client’s learning is put first.
I would like to thank you very much for your flexibility and positive training style which staff responded well to. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to other boroughs that I work with or using Essex Travel Training Team again for new staff identified to be travel trained.
Thank you.
Duncan Matthews
Independent Travel Programme Manager

Brent Transport Service,
Tel. 020 8937 6786
Mob. 07538 661 325


Essex Travel Training Scoops European OSMOSE Award

11 April 2011
Essex County Council’s Travel Training Scheme has been chosen as the winner of the European OSMOSE Award in the category of Innovative Concepts to Enhance Accessibility.
The judges said the scheme scored highly on all their ranked criteria and were particularly impressed with testimonials showing the impact of travel training on people’s lives. 
Essex Travel Training was established in 2006 to assist people with additional needs to access public transport. In five years the Travel Training Team has successfully trained over  900 people, who are now travelling independently to school, college or work.
The team works with people with limited mobility, learning difficulties, hearing impairments and people who are registered blind. Training is tailored to the individual’s routes and requirements and can include help with road safety, personal safety, money handling, route
planning, timing, confidence building and what to do when things go wrong.
Accepting the award, Councillor Ray Gooding, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I’d like to congratulate all of the Travel Training Team on this award. Over the past five
years, this scheme has transformed the lives of many people with additional needs enabling them to access training, education and work, and to gain independence.”
This is the second award won by Essex Travel Training in recent years following the National Transport Award for Dedication to Access for all in 2009.

Would you like to buy into travel training?

If you are not entitled to travel training you might be pleased to know we now offer a package
which is charged on an hourly basis and includes:
  • Initial meeting and assessment
  • Assessment report
  • Travelling time to and from locations
  • Attending any reviews/meetings
  • Hours spent with the student whilst training
  • Shadow training.

Please read our terms and conditions for more information.



Network Colchester visit to Kingswode Hoe School

Kingswode Hoe School is a community day special school catering for boys and girls between
the ages of 5 to 16 years who have moderate learning difficulties.
Essex Travel Training work very closely with the school training students to travel independently
to and from school, then later on to college.
On Wednesday the 23rd June Network Colchester very kindly sent a bus along to the school in Colchester to allow students to experience getting on and off, speaking to the driver, finding out
how to stop the bus, and a lot more.

Many students had never been on a bus before and found the thought of it quite frightening!
Students from years 6 to 10 took part and all enjoyed the experience, many of them will go on
to train with us.