Le Petit Train seeks drivers for ‘one of the happiest jobs in Jersey’

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DO you have what it takes to do one of the ‘happiest’ jobs in Jersey?

For the first time in its history, Le Petit Train is publicly advertising for a new driver.

And those without a previous history of driving holidaymakers along a sea front should fear not – as the company can arrange to provide training for the successful applicant.

In the past, the company has relied on word of mouth in order to attract new drivers. However, owner Darren de Louche admitted this approach no longer worked, given the difficulties in recruiting staff in the Island.

He said: ‘I can imagine it’s one of the happiest jobs in Jersey. Every man, woman and cyclist is waving to you.’

When asked about the qualities the ideal candidate should have, Mr de Louche said: ‘They don’t need a full char-à-banc licence, but they need to be a calm and cautious driver, someone who is patient and motivated, with excellent people skills.

Le Petit Train Picture: ROB CURRIE. (34803513)

A Public Service Vehicle licence is needed to drive a coach or bus in Jersey, according to the government. That licence also applies to vehicles such as Le Petit Train, the drivers of which require a char-à-banc PSV licence. Training can be arranged for the right candidate, Mr de Louche said. He continued: ‘It could be people who are drivers who had had enough of it and want to get back to driving again. Drivers with a char-à-banc licence tend to be older.

‘We’ve recruited just through word of mouth in the past.

‘There aren’t enough drivers. LibertyBus are struggling, so we thought word of mouth may not work.

‘Two of our drivers have come to the end of their careers. While they’ve not left the team entirely, they’re only being called upon in an emergency.’

Le Petit Train runs along the shared-use track next to the Avenue between St Aubin and St Helier.

If you are interested in the position, contact info@littletrain.co.uk.

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