Training bus proves its worth to Walter 13 June 2012

Walter Ingles has hopped on board a state-of-the-art training bus, which has been transformed by bus operator First into two training classrooms, to further develop his engineering skills.

Despite having more than 20 years' experience in the bus industry, fleet auditor Ingles went back to the classroom to develop his electrical skills on board that purpose-built training bus, which visited Glasgow for the first time at First's Larkfield depot in the south side.

The mobile training bus is equipped with two classrooms, one on the upper deck and one on the lower, and is kitted out with the latest technology and training devices for teaching diagnostic and repair skills.

The engineering training manager and three master technician trainers deliver workshops in the 'bus classrooms' to First's engineering and management staff.

"In my daily job I carry out vehicle inspections and ensure that our buses leave the depot in good engineering condition," explains Ingles.

"You're never too old to learn, particularly as technology moves so fast. The training bus is excellent – much better than a normal classroom – and it has helped me and my colleagues."

"We aim to employ the best people the transport industry has to offer and this innovative approach to training demonstrates our continued commitment to developing and investing in our people and engineering effectiveness," comments Ronnie Park, First Glasgow's managing director.

John Challen

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