VIDEO: Corby cabbies celebrate new qualifications

Drivers at a private hire firm are celebrating after receiving certificates confirming their NVQs.

Fifteen drivers at Star Cars in Corby have collected the awards after passing the level two NVQ in road passenger vehicle driving.

It follows a seven-month assessment of the drivers’ proficiency in subjects including planning routes, dealing with diversions, carrying luggage, transporting children and health and safety.

The qualifications are not compulsory, but bosses at the Studfall Avenue firm believe it will reassure clients.

“The assessors came out four or five times during the process of the NVQ to check on progress, what you are doing and taking you on a dummy run,” said Lee Mills, Star Cars’ operations manager.

“When you want to apply for contracts from the county council it’s good (for them) to see we have NVQ drivers.”

Mr Mills said this was particularly valuable for when the council was determining which firms should be employed to take children to and from school.