The first official assessment day for the long-awaited Guild of Professional Chauffeurs (GoPC) has been announced.
After over a year in the planning, the Guild of Professional Chauffeurs has said it’s ready to welcome its first applicants and has revealed details of the first training day for potential members.
The Guild was created in direct response to what it says is ‘an ongoing decline in industry standards.’ In 2016, a small group of volunteers made up of both chauffeurs and industry service providers have been working hard to ensure the GoPC becomes a reality.
Steve Sommerfeld, Chairman of the GoPC commented; “It’s taken a lot of hard work by a handful of very committed volunteers but the result has definitely been worth the wait. We decided it was time to be proactive and we firmly believe the GoPC has the potential to change the industry. Too many individuals are referring to themselves as ‘professional chauffeurs’ these days without being able to provide any tangible evidence to support such a grandiose title”.
Vice Chairman Andy Dubberley said; “The traditional art of chauffeuring is unfortunately gradually being lost, although there’s still plenty of guys who take enormous pride in what they do and we want to support them. The whole profession’s been diluted by too many inferior quality drivers with no understanding or appreciation of proper standards and the Guild now exists to provide a platform for the really good chauffeurs with relevant skills to stand out once again”.
The Guild stands by a strongly-held view that forming it was pointless unless potential members genuinely had to display a high level of competency to be accepted. Sommerfeld continued; “If we had made the assessment process easy, everyone would fly through it and we’d be back to square one. This way, those who pass can be proud that they’re the best at what they do and we’ll help them publicise that fact to enhance their business or employment prospects”.
During the assessment day on 24th February in Bicester, candidates will sit a Highway Code examination, together with an hour-long practical assessment testing all chauffeur competences from dress and deportment through to driving standards. The whole thing has been overseen by renowned advanced driving trainer Mark Kendrick, whose input makes it challenging but attainable for anyone willing to put in the necessary preparation, according to the Guild.
The Guild says limited spaces are available for the assessement day.
www.guildofprofessionalchauffeurs.co.uk for more information.