The Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme (MiDAS) is a nationally-recognised standard, administered by the Community Transport Association, which provides for the assessment and training of minibus drivers. It has been designed to enhance minibus driving standards and promote the safer operation of minibuses.
Our in-house, MiDAS-accredited Driver Assessor Trainers provide classroom-based theory training, as well as an on-road driving assessment.
Drivers who will be transporting passengers with disabilities, including wheelchair users, will undertake a further training module, which cover topics including passenger assistance, disability awareness and the use of wheelchair accessible vehicles and equipment.
For further information on the MiDAS scheme, please click here.
Our MiDAS training courses are available to those:
All drivers listed above, whether employed or volunteering, will undergo the same MiDAS training.
To be eligible to take our MiDAS training, you must:
If you are interested in becoming one of our drivers, please check our job opportunities here. Alternatively, if you would like to become one of our drivers, please contact us for further information.
In both of these cases, we will provide you with training after you have applied. You do need to book MiDAS training before applying.
Please note that unless you are able to meet the criteria in the list above, you will not be eligible to undertake our MIDAS training.
ECT Charity provides MiDAS training from its depots in Dorset, Cheshire and Ealing, London. Click here for more information on our locations.
For further information on timings and prices, please email us at:
Passenger Assistants are those whose role it is to provide care and assistance to passengers travelling on the road, whether in minibuses, cars, taxis or large buses.
The Passenger Assistant Training Scheme (PATS) is a nationally-recognised standard, administered by the Community Transport Association, which provides for the training Passenger Assistants.
For further information on the PATS scheme, please click here.
We provide PATS training to those:
Our employed Passenger Assistants and volunteer Passenger Assistants both receive the same PATS training.
If you are interested in becoming one of our Passenger Assistants, please check our job opportunities here. Alternatively, if you would like to become one of our Passenger Assistants, please contact us for further information.