A TAXI driver is celebrating after becoming the first in the city to gain a national qualification related to the trade.
Suzanne Johnson has completed her BTEC in transporting passengers by taxi or private hire.
Suzanne, who owns her own black cab, has been carrying passengers around Chester for 18 years.
The course was introduced earlier this year by West Cheshire College and Suzanne was the first Chester driver to sign up.
“The first group of drivers who completed the course have all found it very useful,” said Pat Byrne, employer services manager at the college.
“Experienced drivers were sceptical at first and didn’t think the course would teach them anything but have been delighted to find there were topics relating to the industry that they were either unaware of or needed updating in.”
The course covers a broad range of topics including customer service, legislation, map reading, health and safety and disability awareness. It is delivered in a flexible way to suit the working hours of the drivers.
Awards were presented by college principal Sara Mogel at The Bridge Bistro on the college’s Handbridge campus.