A bus employee who recently completed an internal staff development programme has now taken a step up the career ladder after being appointed as assistant operations manager for bus operator Stagecoach South at its Chichester depot.
Jeetinder Mattu from Aldershot, known by his colleagues simply as ‘Jet’, will support the operations manager, Mike Armitage, to oversee the day-to-day running of regional operations, which includes looking after a fleet of 67 buses and a team of over 140 driving and supervisory staff.
Jet joined Stagecoach in 2012 as a driver in Aldershot. He then progressed to the training team in 2013 working as a driving instructor and later CPC trainer.
In 2018, Jet joined the Stagecoach staff development programme, a national training programme that seeks to encourage and support staff to learn and gain management experience, opening up career prospects within the company. The programme covers operations, human resources, finance, commercial and marketing aspects.
Jet, who is excited about his new role, said: “I learned a great deal from the staff development programme and I am looking forward to putting this learning into practice as we seek to grow our products and network to help our customers and communities across Chichester and Bognor Regis.”
Gordon Frost, operations director, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jet to the management team. We’re committed to ensuring that we provide real opportunities for staff development and Jet’s appointment is testament to the success the staff development programme can bring our employees and benefit the business overall. Jet has attained some valuable experience from the programme, which I am sure will help him in his new role.
“The Chichester operation has grown considerably in recent years and I am certain that the management partnership of Mike and Jet will be invaluable on the continued success and development of the operation.”