Employee Specification

Please see below criteria which is used throughout the assessment process. This has been set out to explain what is measured at each stage of the application process. To progress to the interview stage, applications must clearly demonstrate how they meet all of the essential criteria.


  Application form tip: Try using examples of experiences to demonstrate how you meet a criteria. Some experiences may be from a non work related setting where relevant. Always ensure a clear example of how you meet each criteria is included and not assumed as part of your work experience.

What's assessed from your job application  Criteria
Essential Desirable
Driving Licence held for at least (2) years with a D1 entitlement    
Willing to undertake DBS clearance and suitable to work with children, young people and adults  
Willing to undertake training as required for the role.  
Clean Driving Licence.    
Can use email, mobile phones and technology related to passenger vehicle operation.  


What's assessed at interview Criteria
Essential Desirable
Understands the importance of safeguarding children and adults  
Good communication skills when dealing with the public  
Ability to understand vehicle schedules, check routines, maintain appropriate records and reporting procedures.  
Able to work as part of a team.  
Is smartly presented and prepared to wear uniform at all times for work.            
Willing to undertake training as required for the role  
Able to undertake tasks such as securing and loading/unloading wheelchairs.    
Clean Driving Licence    
PCV Licence and experience of driving larger passenger carrying vehicles    
Has undertaken safeguarding training.    
Can build rapport with customers.  
Can use email, mobile phones and technology related to passenger vehicle operation.  

Job outline

Overall purpose

To undertake the safe and efficient door to door transportation of passengers between home and centre/school. To undertake occasional outings and educational visits as required. This can include wheelchair bound passengers and people with special needs.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Collect and return pupils or clients of the department to and from their homes (or other designated point) and transport them to various centres or schools via a predetermined route. Sensible or necessary deviations to the route may occasionally be required.
  2. Carry out such driving (or assisting) duties as directed or specified in a safe and courteous manner towards pupils/clients, parents, colleagues, supervisors and other road users.
  3. Wear such uniforms as may be provided and to be of smart appearance at all times.
  4. Ensure all passengers are carried safely. To make proper use of wheelchair securing devises in accordance with departmental guidelines and training.
  5. Ensure the vehicle is safe and carry out routine daily checks. Maintain tyre pressures, oil and water levels in accordance with instructions and ensure the vehicle is adequately fueled, using the facilities provided.
  6. Regularly clean the interior and exterior of the vehicle. When returning a ‘spare’ vehicle to it’s base it must be cleaned, fueled, etc, ready for immediate use. Any wheelchair securing devises should be left on the vehicle.
  7. Maintain appropriate records in connection with the use of the vehicles, such as log sheets, defect reports, etc.
  8. Provide necessary assistance, support and encouragement to pupils/clients to ensure their safe entry and exit from the vehicle, including any operation of the vehicle tail lift. The lift should be operated by the driver and passenger assistant, working together as a team.
  9. Centre based drivers may be called upon to assist with the personal needs (not intimate personal care) of clients and involvement in social activities is also expected.
  10. To undertake relevant training as arranged by the department and organized by the Transport Officer, eg. Health and Safety, Moving and Handling of Passengers or Emergency First Aid.
  11. Any duties and responsibilities appropriate to the grade and level of responsibility of the post.
  • In your role you are required to speak English with sufficient fluency to effectively perform your duties, as required by Section 77-84 of the Immigration Act 2016.
  • The above principal accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility.
  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974 and other associated legislation places responsibilities for Health and Safety of all employees. Therefore it is the postholder’s responsibility to take reasonable care for Health and Safety and Welfare of him/herself and other employees in accordance with legislation.
  • The above duties may involve having access to information of a confidential nature which may be covered by the Data Protection Act, and by Part 1 of schedule 12A to the Local Government Act, 1972. Confidentiality must be maintained at all times.