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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/03/2020.

Driver Training Officer

Job Reference: 202-A-20-12207

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Multiple Bases Considered
£30, 401 - £37, 267 pa

An opportunity has arisen for a full time driver training officer to work with South Western Ambulance Service Driver Training Team. The Team deliver emergency response training to a wide range of staff, along with other specialist driver training such as 4x4, trailer training and convoy response.

To apply for this role you must be a qualified emergency response tutor with one of the following qualifications:

  • IHCD Driving Instructor
  • L4 Diploma in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving Instruction (L4 DERADI)
  • Police Advanced Driving Instructor with recent demonstrable experience of delivery in emergency response.


In addition to this you must hold an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Licence (Part 2 pass will be accepted).


In return for your expertise and professionalism you’ll receive:

  • A competitive salary
  • Paid annual leave including bank holidays off
  • Contributions to the NHS pension Scheme
  • A wide range of work activity, not just emergency response courses
  • A good team spirit, with plenty of opportunity for personal development.
  • A CPD Allowance


As a team we recognise the value of down time and so most of our tutors generally work a four day week, meaning plenty of time off to spend with family and friends.


As a Learning and development team we are particularly proud of our staff survey results which demonstrate that the Trust values, as well as our team values are upheld by everyone in the team. Our staff say that they are happy and healthy at work and enjoy the challenges and opportunities on offer.


SWAST use specialist driver training vehicles the majority of which are less than three years old, all of them are high specification, high performance vans and cars which ensures that your comfort and safety is maintained when undertaking training events.


Whilst this is a fixed term role, there may be ongoing requirements for support beyond the contract offered – this can be discussed at interview.

The role may require some time away from home, as we delivery courses across 8 counties; however, we use quality hotels and pay an evening meal and overnight allowance.

If you’d like some more information about the role please feel free to call the office who will arrange for a tutor to call you back. We think it’s better to talk to a tutor, rather than a manager as you can find out what the role is really like, from someone who does it.

Call the office on 0300 3690267 option 4


This role can be based at one of the following bases: Plymouth, Exeter, Dorchester, St Leonards, Taunton, Chippenham, Bristol.


South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) was the first Ambulance Trust in the country registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) demonstrating the highest levels of service quality, performance and financial management. SWAST delivers high performing emergency and urgent care to the residents and transient population of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset along with NHS 111 service in Dorset.

SWASFT offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to patients, ensuring long-term sustainability and financial strength for the future.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

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I am sure that you will appreciate the financial pressures on NHS organisations and our desire to prioritise resources into patient care. Whilst we would wish to respond to all correspondence, we are unable to contact candidates who have not been shortlisted for interview. If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful on this occasion.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is working towards equal opportunities. Due to under representation within the Trust we would particularly welcome applications from minority ethnic groups, women and those with a disability.

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