Driver Open Day
On Saturday 23rd February, we held our first ever Driver Open Day at our Head Office in Gillingham, Kent. The event was open to both licensed and non-licensed PCV drivers; the day was a hit with close to 100 visitors walking through our gates, and over 60 expressing their interest in working with us!
On The Day…
As the fog lifted in the morning and the gates opened at 10am, there was an immediate influx of people. We saw many visitors who had come from different backgrounds, most of which were looking for a career change.
“At one point, we had people queuing outside the building to sign up!”, says Anthony Smith, Operations Manager.
Visitors were able to tour the coaches, listen to real experiences from our drivers, discuss opportunities with the management team and learn about the training programme for non-licensed PCV drivers. There was also an ice-cream and waffle van to keep visitors refreshed, along with hot dogs to fuel their day. Delicious!
“The day went fantastically, we had close to 100 visitors attend. We showed off some of the VIP fleet, including our new Mercedes Executive and the VIP Yutong coaches. The training team did an emergency evacuation display using the ‘50th Anniversary’ coach and we also did a short coach trip into Rochester and back for our visitors.
An area was set up where the trainees could all sign up to join which Debbie Mann, Lawrence O’Neill and Lok Gurung managed. They processed everyone that expressed an interest, (which there were quite a few) and managed to maintain a calm and professional demeanour all day, they were superb!
The rest of the team held meet and greet sessions, selling what we offer as a business and what we can do as a team. They were all great and answered all questions with enthusiasm and honesty.
Overall, the day went extremely well and the ice-cream van was a big hit. We have learnt from this event and are looking to stage another later in the year.” states Anthony Smith, Operations Manager.
The Kings Ferry Academy
One of the company’s newest ventures, The Kings Ferry Academy has had a great start, with over 50 people from the event interested in starting their career as a Kings Ferry Coach Driver. The in-house training team, headed by Simon Le-Mar, will be in full force over the next couple of months to get those interested trained up and out on the road.
PCV Training takes on average one month to complete and those successful will be given a two-year employment contract with The Kings Ferry.
Over the next few weeks interviews will be held at our Gillingham office and those who are successful will be given the opportunity to join our growing company, either as a qualified driver or as a trainee.
If you wasn’t able to make it to the Driver Open Day on the 23rd February then do not fear! You can still apply for jobs on our Work With Us page, or follow us on Facebook to be one of the first to know when the next Driver Open Day will be!
A Huge Thanks To...
On behalf of Anthony Smith, and all at The Kings Ferry we would like to thank the following staff members for their exceptional support on the day, from our head office; Darren Cleaver, Simon Le-Mar, Lee Miller, Dave Mann, Steve Pennell, Lewis Byrne, Kevin Jenner, Jaimie Florea, Ollie Taylor, Izaak Mann, Denny Gale, Mike Mabaleka and Pete Raven.
From our East Kent depot, we’d like to thank Quin Dodkins and from Clarkes of London we’d like to thank Joe Westgate and Wayne Jamera.
We would like to give a special thanks to Debbie Mann, Lawrence O’Neill and Lok Gurung who went above and beyond on the day. A huge thanks to all those mentioned above, all of whom we would not have been able to do it without.
Of course, we would also like to express our thanks to all of our wonderful visitors and prospective new drivers. It was a pleasure to meet you all and we hope to be in touch very soon!
Finally, we would like to take the time to appreciate and congratulate Anthony Smith for all his hard work in arranging and making the event such a success.