Chauffeurs drive clients from place to place, making sure their journey is safe and comfortable, and that they arrive on time.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your employer.
- meet and greet clients
- lift and store luggage carefully and safely in the vehicle
- help passengers get in and out of the vehicle if required
- research routes and provide journey information
- drive clients to and from their destination
- make sure that the vehicle is clean and well maintained for each job
- knowledge of transport methods, costs and benefits
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- customer service skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- active listening skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- organisational skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
- adaptable to fit in with clients needs
To become a Chauffeur, specific qualifications are not the primary focus. However, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for a career in chauffeuring. Chauffeurs are responsible for driving clients in a professional and safe manner. Here are some relevant subjects that can be helpful:
- English Language: Strong communication skills, including reading and understanding written instructions, are essential for a Chauffeur.
- Mathematics (Optional): Basic math skills are useful for tasks such as calculating distances, managing expenses, and handling payments.
- Geography (Optional): A basic understanding of geography can be helpful in navigating routes efficiently.
You can get into this job through:
- applying directly
- taking a specialist driver training course
You can apply directly for jobs if you’ve got a lot of experience, for example through working as a driver for the police, the armed forces or in the taxi industry.
You could take a driver training course, like those offered by the Institute of Advanced Motorists to improve your chances of finding work. You could also take a specialist chauffeur course with a private training provider.
Restrictions and Requirements for the UK
You’ll need to:
- have a full driving licence
- be over 21 years of age
- pass background checks
You may need a private hire vehicle licence for some jobs.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work from a vehicle or at a client’s home.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career Path & Progression:
You could go on to set up your own business.
You could also be a ‘lead driver’ and train other chauffeurs.