College course drives success
William Street, 54, who decided on a career change to become a driver, secured a job at Tristar in Frodsham and was asked to complete the qualification by his new employer. The course is a Cheshire West and Chester requirement that all licensed drivers need before being allowed to carry members of the public .
William said: “In order to complete part of the qualification I went to West Cheshire College two days a week. The training included the introduction to the role of a professional taxi and private hire driver course and I had to sit seven online exams
“The course covered health and safety, road safety when carrying passengers, professional customer service, vehicle maintenance, regulatory framework of the taxi and private hire industry, disability awareness and passengers that require assistance, routes and fares, carriage of luggage and parcels and transporting of young people. I also learnt all of the local licensing conditions, tourism and covered modules on the local area.
“I passed my driving test a number of years ago so it was very beneficial to refresh my memory through the course.
“To be one of the first people in the Cheshire West to pass this driving exam is a great achievement. I really enjoy my job and I would recommend other people to start a career in driving as it is very enjoyable.”
Dave Werbisky, tutor at West Cheshire College, said: “We are delighted that William became one of the first people to pass this driving exam in the Cheshire West and Chester area. To pass the whole course and the new driving assessment is a great achievement.
“The driver qualification course is flexible as it can be completed part-time around individual’s work commitments. All licensed drivers will now have to complete the driving assessment before starting their job so we expect the popularity of the course to increase in the upcoming months.
“We wish William the best of luck with his career.”
For more information about driving courses at West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656555 or visit http://www.west-cheshire.ac.uk