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Drivers steered to new careers

PUBLISHED: 15:55 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

A COLLEGE has launched free professional driving courses for anyone without five GCSEs. Orpington College can train taxi drivers, chauffeurs and community drivers for free, with money from the Government s Train to Gain initiative. The road vehicle pas

A COLLEGE has launched free professional driving courses for anyone without five GCSEs.

Orpington College can train taxi drivers, chauffeurs and community drivers for free, with money from the Government's Train to Gain initiative.

The road vehicle passenger driving course will provide training in health and safety, customer service, providing assistance to passengers and safe driving skills.

Retired police officer Noel Perrier, the first candidate for the lessons, now drives a limousine for a living.

He said: "I want to improve the standard of service I can offer my passengers and I believe the course is the perfect training programme for me to learn how to do this."

The course is designed to improve the standard of service provided by public hire vehicle drivers.

For more information, call 01689 885364 or email tarmstrong@orpington.ac.uk.

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