Hovertravel is celebrating the anniversary of its HoverCare initiative by announcing major enhancements to its customer assistance provision.

HoverCare launched in September 2017 with age simulation training on a hovercraft, in conjunction with Barclays Accessibility Team.

Loretta Lale, Head of Commercial at Hovertravel, said:

“The response to HoverCare over the past year has been extremely positive.

“This initiative was originally planned to bring all our customer assistance provisions under one banner and strengthen our skills base for persons of reduced mobility.

“We are now adding the next level of training and looking to learn from how other organisations are upskilling their workforces.”

Hovertravel is training its staff to understand and appreciate a broad range of issues including autism, loss of sight, loss of hearing and dementia awareness. With help from leading experts in each of these fields, the teams at Hovertravel are becoming more skilled in providing assistance to a broader range of customers.

Hovertravel is working with specialist trainers from a diverse set of organisations such as Edinburgh Airport, Medina School’s Makaton training, Admiral Nurses, Dementia UK and the Guide Dogs for Blind, seeking insights into best practice as it is applied, as well as learning the fundamental principles.

In addition to this internal tuition programme, Hovertravel is planning a series of themed coffee mornings to give customers the opportunity to see the HoverCare initiative in action and to familiarise themselves with the terminals.

Loretta added:

“With our staff training underway, we wanted to dedicate a series of morning sessions to customers, so they can ask questions, explore the facilities at the terminals and learn how Hovertravel can make their journey as straightforward as possible.”

The two-hour planned coffee morning sessions will run between 10am and 12noon and planned for the following dates:

Wednesday 19th Sept – Autism Awareness

Thursday 18th Oct – Support for Sight  

Monday 19th November – Support for Hearing

Wednesday 5th December – Dementia awareness

Everyone is welcome to attend any dates. There is more information on HoverCare on the Hovertravel website.