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Driver Recruitment FAQ’s

If you want to become a coach driver but don’t know where to start or what the process entails, find out more in our FAQ’s

Driver Recruitment FAQ’s

Clarkes of London, part of The Kings Ferry Group is one of the UK’s fastest growing transport companies. As a result of our successful business growth we are currently recruiting for permanent, casual and trainee Drivers to join our award-winning Team. With Driver vacancies across our different locations and with our excellent range of benefits, there has never been a better time to join us. Below we’ve listed some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ to help you gauge whether a Driver role at Clarkes of London is for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in becoming a coach driver.  Will you teach me?

Yes, of course! Our Driver Training Academy gives those new to coach driving the opportunity to gain their PCV licence.  All of our Trainee Drivers undergo an intensive training course before driving solo.  Alternatively, if you’re already a licence holder but have not driven for a few years we also run refresher courses to help you get back into coach driving.  Once you’ve gained your licence or completed your refresher course we’ll assign a mentor to you to help you build confidence during the first few weeks after your training

What type of work will I be doing?  What are the working hours like?

We have a wide variety of work available from regular commuter & timetabled services, to private hire and corporate work.  We work with many household names and big brands including high profile clients from the world of sport and entertainment.

Clarkes Drivers work shift patterns, giving you flexibility with your home life. Wherever possible we will allocate duties to suit providing that it also meets business needs. We are also interested in recruiting Casual Drivers allowing you to tell us exactly what hours you want to work

Will I work as part of a Team?

Yes! The Clarkes of London Driver Team is very well established with many Drivers having worked with us for many years.  You’ll regularly work with other Driver colleagues on jobs which require two Drivers or multiple vehicles.  Day to day you’ll have regular contact with our Operations Team and fellow Drivers while you’re serving our customers.

What other skills will I need to become a Coach Driver at Clarkes?

Great customer service skills and a willingness to go the extra mile for both customers and colleagues alike are key skills for all those looking to join our Driver Team

We will provide all of the necessary training to help you become a great coach driver.  However, to be 100% successful in the role you must also be able to build good rapport with passengers, be professional, welcoming and courteous at all times and look to provide timely passenger updates on any factors affecting their journey with us

I am a current PCV holder what level of driving experience do I need?

You will need to be over 21 years of age, have a valid CPC card and have no more than 6 points or two fixed penalties on your licence

Are there opportunities for me to develop a career at Clarkes?

Yes!  There are a number of career pathways which many of our Drivers choose to follow.  These include being the ‘Lead Driver’ on large scale customer hires, being the designated Driver for one of our luxury VIP coaches which are used many of our high-profile customers and sports teams.  Many of our Drivers have also progressed into a Traffic Manager role in our busy Operations Department.  There are even opportunities for Drivers to move into other Departments if they possess the relevant skills and aptitude

What vehicle will I be driving?

We have one of the largest fleets in the South of England and have made £5.5m investment into new vehicles in the last 12 months alone!  Our ongoing commitment to regular fleet replacement and making sure that we only buy the safest and very best quality vehicles on the market is unwavering.  With a range of seating capacity available from 19-57, including many VIP vehicles you can be assured that you will drive high quality vehicles with distinct ‘curb appeal’.  Our significant investment into on board technology also means that the safety of our passengers, other road users, pedestrians and YOU our Driver is always a core focus

Do you only have Driver vacancies at Clarkes’ London based operation?

No, we also have Driver vacancies across The Kings Ferry Group at our operations in Dover, Gillingham, Heathrow, Reading and Leicester.  To find out more about Driver vacancies across The Kings Ferry Group please telephone our Driver Recruitment Team on 01634 377577 in the first instance

Why is a Driver role at Clarkes different to a Driver role with another coach operator?

Unlike Clarkes not all coach operators can boast that they are members of the Guild of British Coach Operators, which is an association of top-quality coach operators dedicated to providing customers with a first-class service.  Over our 60-year history we have also won countless industry awards.

Whilst we clearly have credentials to be proud of – we recognise that it is the individual contribution of each and every member of the Clarkes Team which makes us successful today and will enable our continued success tomorrow!  Our Driver Team is integral to our success and future growth so you can be assured that we will provide all of the necessary tools, training and support to ensure that you can be hugely successful in your role.  We actively encourage each of our Drivers to offer ideas and opinions to help us shape our future approach.  Our ‘People Value’ lies at the heart of everything we do each and every day with us committed to ‘developing the talents, awarding the exceptional performance and respecting the rights of all of our employees’

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