Care escort

Community transport passenger assistant

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Community transport passenger assistants accompany elderly people or adults and children with disabilities, on local journeys.

Salary range: £11,000 to £13,000

How to become a care escort

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • volunteering

College

A college course like a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care can give you an introduction to working in the care sector. 

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route.

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Volunteering and experience

A common way into this job is to volunteer as a care escort with your local community transport organisation. There are no set entry requirements but experience in social care or customer service can be useful.

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Further information

You’ll find details of local organisations through the Community Transport Association.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • a desire to help people
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • checking timetables for pick-ups
  • talking to carers and families
  • helping people to and from the vehicle
  • securing passengers, wheelchairs and baggage
  • dealing with emergencies
  • supervising passengers at all times
  • keeping the mini-bus tidy
  • filling in paperwork

Working environment

You could work from a vehicle.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into administration or management.

You could also become a driver, which would open up more full-time opportunities.

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