Independent Travel Training first began in summer 2019, initially in the form of one to one training between a Travel Trainer and a trainee.
It was noticed how many young people would be able to benefit from Travel Training and has therefore since evolved.
The Independent Travel Training model is now a ‘train the trainer’ course, enabling professionals and parents to travel train their students and children by completing the Level Two Award in Skills for Teaching Independent Travel.
This has increased the capacity for Travel Training in Hull, and therefore reaches a larger number of young people who have the opportunity to learn to become independent on public transport.
If you would like to enrol on the Award or if you have any general queries around Travel Training, please contact us via email [Insert email destination]
Included in the training
Travel Training between a young person and their Travel Trainer will follow this system -
This system ensures that the trainee has the necessary theory knowledge of road safety, personal safety and accessing public transport prior to any practical work.
Once the practical work has begun, the Travel Trainer and trainee are able to work at a pace suitable for the trainee that enables them to be challenged whilst ensuring they feel supported.
The phase out form of support ensures that the trainee’s abilities are being observed whilst encouraging their independence.
Benefits of Independent Travel Training
There are a whole host of benefits of Independent Travel Training that can benefit the trainee in many areas of their life.
For the young people -
- increased independence, confidence and self esteem
- sense of freedom/growing up
- less reliance on parents/carers
- transferable life skills
- integration into the community
- obtaining an accredited qualification
- increase in employability
- personal achievement
- overcoming barriers and breaching comfort zones
- autonomy and responsibility for an area of their own life
- increase in future learning, training and employment options – not limited by area they live in
- increased opportunity to participate in social and leisure activities
If you want to be able to get buses or trains on your own but are nervous about learning, ask your parents or carers, or a teacher at school about Travel Training.
They will be able to help you find someone who can support you with Travel Training and help you become more independent.
The thought of travelling on public transport on your own might be scary but you would have lots of support; and think how proud and exciting it will be to be able to travel to school on your own.
For Parents and Carers -
- eases transport funding concerns
- reduces care duties and associated issues/worries
- can be a route into supporting their child to be more independent
- easier to develop a routine – no concerns over taxis being late or not turning up
- increases work flexibility
For Education and Training Providers -
- a more independent and confident learner or employee
- improved punctuality
- a more flexible learner or employee
- an area of personal growth that can be used for recommendations for future opportunities
- the opportunity to support a young person with a personal goal
If you are looking to support a young person or child to become independent on public transport, you are welcome to enrol on the Level 2 Award in Skills for Teaching Independent Travel. The course is 6 weeks long and covers the following units -
- Problem Solving when delivering Independent Travel Training
- Understand and Implement the Processes for Teaching Independent Travel
- Supporting the Learning and Development of Individuals
- Developing Communication Skills in a Learning Disability Setting
Completing the course then gives you access to resources and support as part of a city-wide network of Travel Trainers including a free bus pass to use whilst Travel Training, equipping you with everything you need to Travel Train your child or student.
After the training
When a young person has completed their Travel Training programme, it is important to check in with them, as well as their parents/carers, to ensure that they are managing well with it.
Asking them if there’s any aspects of travelling they are struggling with or are unsure about reminds them that there is still support available to them, and that just because they have completed their programme doesn’t mean they can’t ask for help.
It may be helpful for you to provide an anonymous feedback form so that they can give feedback on what they found helpful during the programme, and anything they felt was missed.