Those of you who follow this blog regularly will know that its prime purpose is to chart my progress towards becoming a fully trained and licensed PCV driver. I started that process earlier this year after my boss offered to have me trained on one of the company vehicles. I duly studied for and passed the theory modules and the CPC Case Studies module. Since passing those initial modules I have been patiently awaiting the call to start my practical training but so far it hasn’t come. It seems that, although the will is there, the resources aren’t. By that I mean the instructor is concentrating on more immediate, revenue-earning tasks.
Naturally, it’s disappointing and frustrating to have started the journey only to stall before reaching the destination. Despite dropping hints and hearing encouraging comments, I’m no nearer my goal of becoming a driver. I’m still sat in the garage and my batteries are going flat!
I’ve made enquiries with a couple of commercial training firms recently as I feel this will be the only way to make any progress. I’ll probably see a ‘significant person’ this weekend and will try to strike a deal on the matter.
Speaking (OK then, writing…) of the weekend, this coming Saturday and Sunday are your last chance to ride the Service 400 ‘Exmoor Explorer’ in 2010 as our season finishes on Sunday. The weather looks fine, if a little autumnal. So, wrap up warm and join me on one of our open top Bristol Lodekkas as we amble through the delightful Somerset countryside for the last time this year. I shall have a trainee conductor with me on Saturday.