Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is for all learners aged 18 and above who are capable of reaching the required standards. Edexcel’s policy is that the qualification should:
- be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
- ensure equality of opportunity for all wishing to access the qualification(s).
What are the benefits of this qualification to the learner and employer?
This qualification allows learners to demonstrate competence against the National Occupational Standards which are based on the needs of the road passenger transport industry as defined by the Sector Skills Council, People 1st. As such it contributes to the development of skilled employees in the sector.
This is the qualification which TfL may consider as a replacement for the B1 English requirement – watch this space
The NVQ consist of 11 Units as follows:
||Ensure health and safety of the taxi and private hire driver and passengers
||Drive a taxi or private hire vehicle in a professional manner
||Provide professional customer service in the taxi and private hire industries
||Provide a safe and legal vehicle for transporting passengers by taxi and/or private hire
||Provide a transport service in the taxi and private hire vehicle industries for customers who require assistance
||Provide a service to customers using a wheelchair in an accessible taxi or private hire vehicle
||Transport parcels, luggage and other items in the taxi and private hire industries
||Transport children and young persons by taxi, private hire or chauffeuring
||Carry fare paying passengers within the framework of the private hire industry
||Process fares and charges for private hire passengers
||Plan routes in the taxi and private hire industries
The NVQ is different to the BTEC in that the BTEC is purely about knowledge, whereas the NVQ is about Knowledge plus the ability to do the job to the required standard and as such can take between 3 – 6 months, if not longer to complete