ABU DHABI, 1st September, 2018 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, QCC, the entity responsible for developing quality infrastructure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has announced the completion of training and certification of 6,218 drivers and 6,368 supervisors, the last out of a total 12,586, which began in 2015.
This is a result of the council’s efforts to enable its stakeholders to adopt and implement safe transportation for schools and infrastructure to international standards and to ensure that school bus drivers and supervisors comply with the requirements and standards set by regulators and experts in Abu Dhabi Emirate.
School transport services must be compatible with the highest standards of quality and safety. The personnel operating school transportation vehicles and supervising students in these vehicles must be competent to create a safe environment in school buses. Thus, the Certificate of Conformity is mandatory for all drivers and supervisors on school buses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Sultan Al Mehairi, Director of Information Services and Engagement at the QCC, said: “At the beginning of the school year, we wish our students success and we are confident of their well-being and the highest standards of quality and safety. Our goal is to use the services of the quality infrastructure to create a safe environment for students as well as to contribute to enabling the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to excel globally by building a competitive economy that is sustainable and globally accessible.”
“The programme of correlating school bus drivers and supervisors requires drivers and supervisors to be subject to the five-stage process of training, testing, certification, licensing and continuous monitoring,” Al Mehairi added.
The council awards its Certificate of Conformity to people who successfully complete the programme and pass the test, which is held at accredited centres. The programme also helps distinguish between qualified and unqualified workers and allows trained drivers and supervisors to demonstrate their capabilities, skills and knowledge set out in the applicable occupational standards.
In addition, since 2015, the QCC has awarded 307 certificates to lifeguards, including those in Abu Dhabi schools, in order to provide the highest standards of safety for all, including students. The programme aims to increase the number of certified lifeguards in the emirate ensuring the selection of qualified and capable personnel to carry out rescue operations and provide first aid services in swimming pools.