Addison Lee launches driver diploma initiative
Addison Lee hopes to set higher standards new drivers with the launch of an Addison Lee Diploma qualification Thirty-five of the company’s recruits have already received the Diploma, which is offered to selected graduates of the Addison Lee Knowledge School.
Addison Lee chairman John Griffin claims the qualification is the first of its kind in the private hire industry. The award provides recognition to the best private hire drivers in London, while improving driver knowledge and understanding of routes in London.
Designed to provide a range of advanced driving skills, the Diploma teaches and trains drivers in vital areas such as customer service, cycle safety, driving technique and first aid, as well as efficient driving techniques to lower fuel costs and the fleet’s carbon footprint.
Additionally, as part of a programme of recruiting talented drivers, Addison Lee has extended its driver training programme to job seekers in a pilot project with the Stockwell and Streatham branches of Jobcentre Plus. The new programme will give long-term unemployed individuals the qualifications needed to move into the Addison Lee Knowledge School with the aim of securing a job with Addison Lee. Jobseekers have access to a four-week level 2 qualification accredited by EDI entitled ‘Introduction to the role of the professional minicab driver’, which is designed to give participants the basic knowledge required to apply for a PCO license and enter the Addison Lee Knowledge Course.
John Griffin said: “I am a firm believer in the Big Society, and our partnership with Jobcentre Plus is just one part of how Addison Lee continues to give something back to London. It’s encouraging to see the long-term unemployed taking part in our scheme and we’re very proud of this new initiative.” So far 13 Jobcentre Plus candidates have completed the first stage of their qualification, and a second batch started on the four-week course last monthy, with the next group starting in 12 weeks’ time.
The Addison Lee Diploma is made up of three modules comprising:
Bronze: Customer Service, Conflict Management and Cyclist Awareness training, which is delivered by qualified cyclist trainers accredited by Cycle UK
Silver: Defensive Driving knowledge skills and practical driving techniques.
Gold: Emergency first aid externally accredited by the HSC
All trainers who deliver the training at Addison Lee are experts in the relevant occupational areas and are qualified to the level of PTLLS (Preparing to teach in the Life Long Learning Sector Level 4) DTLLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector Level 5) and Assessor (Certificate in Assessing Vocational Competence Level 3).