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Swilly Group Transport Managers’ CPC Course

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The Swilly Group is now accepting applications for the Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) in Passenger Transport Management and Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) in Freight Transport Management courses to run in October and November 2017.

A Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) qualification is required by persons nominated as a Transport Manager in an application for a Road Haulage (Trucks) or Passenger Transport (Buses) Operator’s Licence.  This is an excellent qualification for drivers wishing to progress their career into a management position in a passenger or freight transport company.

The course dates are as follows:

  • Monday 9th to Friday 13th October 2017
  • Monday 16th to Friday 20th October 2017
  • Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th October 2017
  • Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th November 2017

The Transport Managers CPC exam will take place on Friday 24th November 2017.

Past exam papers and mock exams will be provided as part of the course material.

For more information on this course of to reserve a place, contact Susan on (074) 9151212 or email info@swillygroup.com.

Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Back to School Safe Driving Tips

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It’s that time of year again when we return to our regular routine of chaos involving school runs, football training, dancing classes and swimming lessons to name but a few.  As the back to school rush begins, traffic volumes are known to increase significantly from late August into the start of September.  Therefore, it is important that we as drivers be extra cautious around the schools and on the roads to ensure the safety of everyone.  Here are a few back to school safe driving tips that will help you achieve this.

Know and Follow your School Traffic Systems: If you’re dropping off children at schools, familiarise yourself with the system in operation at the school.  Many schools have traffic management procedures in place to allow for a safe and efficient drop off system to operate.  It is important for the safety of the children that you follow these procedures.

Allow yourself plenty of time:  As the traffic volumes increase significantly when the schools return, you will need extra time to get to work or to school.  New parents dropping their children off at school for the first time will be dealing with the emotional trauma that this involves.  Therefore, they might take a little longer at the school.  Be patient and allow extra time for delays.  We were all first timers too!

Have Patience and show Courtesy:  When you are driving to work or to school, have patience with other drivers.  You just never know what sort of day the other driver is having or what challenges they are having to deal with in life.  Therefore, if we have patience and show courtesy to other drivers, it may cheer that person up.  Everyone appreciates an act of kindness!

Park Safely:  Unsafe or double parking at schools, or indeed in any busy location, can cause major disruption and delays to traffic as well as introduce major safety risks for children and parents.  Therefore, always park in a safe location, even if it involves walking a little further with your child to the school.  We all need the exercise!

Drive Carefully around Buses:  Drivers should always show extreme caution around school buses.  Children are very unpredictable and may jump off a bus and run across a road without realising the danger.  Remember many children are buzzing with the excitement of starting a new school year and seeing their friends again after the summer break.

If you have any further questions or queries don’t hesitate to call into to the Swilly Group office on Business Park Road in Letterkenny, give us a call on 074-9151212 or email us on info@swillygroup.com.

Driving Safely on Roundabouts

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A learner driver once asked his driving instructor to explain the roundabout lane rules to him.  His instructor said “It’s very simple.  “Think of the roundabout as a clock”.  “If you’re exiting before 12 o’clock, take up a position in the left lane”. “After 12 o’clock, take up a position in the right lane”.  The learner appeared confused and though to himself for a few seconds before saying “So in the morning, I take the left lane and in the afternoon, I take the right lane??”.

Motorist sometimes interpret the rules of the road in very different ways.  However, to drive safely on the road as motorists we need to firstly interpret the rules correctly and secondly be conscious of the fact that other motorist may have a different understanding of the rules.  Roundabouts are a traffic control that generates much discussion and debate among Irish Motorists.

In a recent publication by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) “Roundabouts, Using the Correct Lane”, the ‘golden rule’ is outlined to help motorists drive safely at any roundabout regardless of the number of exits.  The RSA state that motorist should think of the roundabout as a clock:

  • If taking any exit from the 6 o’clock to the 12 o’clock position, motorists should generally approach in the left-hand lane.
  • If taking any exit between the 12 o’clock to the 6 o’clock positions, motorists should generally approach in the right-hand lane.


If there are road markings showing you what lane you should be in, follow those directions. Traffic conditions might sometimes mean you have to take a different approach but, in the main, the ‘golden rule’ will help you to drive safely on almost any roundabout.

Motorists must be very observant and ensure they read the signs and observe the road markings on their approach to a roundabout (particularly if you are driving in an unfamiliar area). Local Authorities and the NRA have been using lane arrows and road signs to direct traffic into particular lanes and manage traffic at roundabouts.  For example, a very common change is to direct motorists travelling straight on (12 o’clock) to take up position in the right-hand lane.  This leaves the left lane exclusively for motorist turning left.  This allows traffic to flow more freely at roundabouts where the majority of motorists are leaving at the first two exits.

As motorists, we use our indicators to “indicate an intention” to make a manoeuvre to the left or right.  Therefore, it is important to use indicators approaching and when on roundabouts at the right time to inform other motorists of our intentions.  Remember an indicator does not give you the Right of Way.

The RSA leaflet “Roundabouts, Using the Correct Lane” outlines the following guidelines:

  • Making a left turn (First Exit), indicate ‘left’ as you approach and continue to indicate until you have taken the left exit.
  • Making a left turn (second exit), indicate ‘left’ once you’ve passed the first exit and continue to indicate until you have taken the second exit.
  • Going Straight ahead (12 o’clock), do not indicate ‘left’ until you have passed the exit before the one you intend to take.
  • Making a Right Turn (exit after 12 o’clock), approach in the righthand lane (unless road markings say otherwise), indicate ‘right ‘on your approach to the roundabout and leave your right indicator on as you drive around the roundabout until you have passed the exit before the one you intend to take. Then change to the ‘left’ turn indicator.

If you have any further questions or queries don’t hesitate to call into to the Swilly Group office on Business Park Road in Letterkenny, give us a call on 074-9151212 or email us on info@swillygroup.com.

Swilly Group announces new Driving School Manager

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Swilly Group this week announced the appointment of Martin Coyle as Driving School Manager.  Martin has taken responsibility for the running of the driving school in Letterkenny and throughout Donegal.

Swilly Group was established in 1975 by Noel Sweeney as a small driving school with one car.  Under the guidance of the Sweeney family, the business has grown to become one of the largest providers of training services in Ireland over the last 10 years employing over 30 people.  The company is a leading provider of job seeking support and training programmes throughout Ireland.

Swilly Group MD Brian Sweeney welcomes Martin Coyle

Martin Coyle comes from a haulage background having worked in the family haulage company from a very young age.  Martin has a BA in Business Studies with Accounting since 2002 and has also qualified as a Transport Manager in Road Haulage and Passenger Transport since 2012.  Martin worked with Bus Éireann for 9 years acting as Inspector in the Stranorlar office before his departure.  He completed his Driving Instructor trained with Swilly Group and qualified as an RSA approved Driving Instructor in all vehicle classes in 2011.

Brian Sweeney, Managing Director of the Swilly Group said, “We are delighted to welcome Martin onto the team at Swilly Group”.  “Martin has both the qualifications and management experience for the job and will be able to hit the ground running”.  “There was a lot of interest in the job and we interviewed some excellent candidates”.  “Martin demonstrated that he was the best person for the job and we wish him all the best in this new and challenging role”.

If you require additional information about any of the services at Swilly Group, feel free to contact us by telephone (074) 9151212, email info@swillygroup.com or check out our website at www.swillygroup.com.

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Swilly Group Gift Vouchers

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Swilly Group Gift Vouchers are always on sale from the Swilly Group office on Business Park Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  They are the perfect gift for a special person in your life. There is great value on all our offers below.

The Swilly Group Gift Vouchers are the ideal present for any person learning to drive.  We have a number of options available in the Car.

Car Driving Lessons (1 hr ) €  35.00
Car Driving Lessons (3 hrs) €  99.00
Car Driving Lessons (5 hrs) €165.00
EDT Special Offer     (12 hrs) €395.00

Surprise that special person in your life with a Gift Voucher for a lesson in a Minibus, Rigid TruckCoach or Articulated Truck.  Gift Vouchers are available for the following options:

Minibus                  (2 hrs) €110.00
Rigid Truck            (2 hrs) €130.00
Bus/Coach             (2 hrs) €140.00
Articulated Truck (2 hrs) €140.00

Pre-Test Driving deals are also available to buy as Gift Vouchers.  They include 8 hours of Tuition and the hire of the Swilly Group vehicle for the driving test.

Minibus €550.00
Rigid Truck €600.00
Bus/Coach €600.00
Articulated Truck €650.00

Gift Vouchers can be collected at our office in Letterkenny, Dublin, posted (to locations throughout Ireland) or delivered locally.  For more details telephone the Swilly Group office on (074) 91 51212 or email susan@swillygroup.com.

Career Opportunities at Swilly Group

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Bus and Truck Driving Instructors.

Swilly Group is currently seeking applications from experienced Bus and Truck drivers to join our team of driving instructors. The successful candidates will have a full clean bus or truck licence and a minimum of 3 years driving experience. Training qualifications and experience would be an advantage but not essential.

Driving Instructor training will be provided.

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If interested, submit your CV and a short cover letter through the Careers page (http://swillygroup.com/careers/) on  the Swilly Group website.  Please forward CV to susan@swillygroup.com or reply in writing to the Susan Wasson at the Swilly Group, Business Park Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Transport Trainers

The Swilly Group is currently seeking trainers to deliver transport relating training courses throughout the Republic of Ireland. We would be interested in hearing from you if you have experience or qualifications that would allow you to deliver training in any of the following areas:

  • Driver CPC
  • Transport Management
  • ADR Driver Training (Haz Chem)
  • Analogue and Digital Tachographs
  • Health and Safety in the Transport Industry

The successful candidates will have at least 3 years experience in either the Freight or Passenger transport industries. Training qualifications and experience would be an advantage but not essential.

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If interested, submit your CV and a short cover letter through the Careers page (http://swillygroup.com/careers/) on  the Swilly Group website.  Alternatively, Please forward CV to susan@swillygroup.com or reply in writing to the Susan Wasson at the Swilly Group, Business Park Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

 

Swilly Group is an equal opportunities employer

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FREE Truck Driving Courses in Cavan & Monaghan

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The Swilly Group has secured a contract with Cavan Monaghan ETB to deliver HGV-Rigid Truck courses in Monaghan Town and Cavan Town. These courses are FREE to anyone who is unemployed. Courses start in November 2016 and January 2017. The course includes Practical Driving Lessons (Rigid Truck), ADR HazChem, Driver CPC training, Forklift and Safe Loading Training. Job seeking support and supervised work experience in a transport company is also provided to all persons on the course.

Contact Karl Sweeney (074) 9151212 or karl@swillygroup.com to register you interest for either of these courses.

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FREE Bus Driving Courses in Cavan Town

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The Swilly Group has secured a contract with Cavan Monaghan ETB to deliver Bus Driving courses in Cavan Town. These courses are FREE to anyone who is unemployed. Courses start in November 2016 and January 2017. The course includes Practical Driving Lessons (Bus/Coach), Driver CPC training, Customer Service and Career Planning. Job seeking support and supervised work experience in a passenger transport company is also provided to all persons on the course.

Contact Karl Sweeney (074) 9151212 or karl@swillygroup.com to register your interest for either of these courses.

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Top 5 Tips to CV Writing

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CV writing is an art in its own right. There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to CV writing.  No Generic CVs please! Your CV should be viewed as the golden ticket to securing an interview for your ideal job!  The way to do it is implement these top tips and you’re well on your way….

1). Get the basics right: make sure to use a clear and concise structure/format. Some key information to include is contact details, personal profile, work history and/or work experience, education/qualifications, relevant skills to the job, interests and references.  It is crucial that the time line is accurate with start dates and end dates for employment and education.  Potential employers want to get a sense of your longevity in a role or with a particular organisation.  Spelling and grammar are vitally important. If you get this wrong early on; your CV is at risk of being moved into the NOT shortlisted pile!

2). Profile: The profile section of your CV will be read and may determine whether or not the employer reads any further. A well written and focused profile should highlight your relevant experience and skills in a snapshot. Keep it short and concise (use the job description to help you select the key skills to focus on before writing your profile piece).

3). Don’t Undersell Yourself: This is your opportunity to sell yourself, your skills and your experience. Think of your CV as a Sales Brochure.  Ask yourself what selling points are going to attract the employer’s attention and call me for an interview? The best way to do this is to carefully read the job description and the person specification supplied by the employer/recruiter. Make notes on the key elements and attributes outlined.  Match your current skill set and your experience to the job description and specification.

Your Skill set should be customised to every job you apply for. There are some key skills that all employers look for in an employee. Some examples are: communication skills, people skills, team skills, organisational skills and problem solving. It is not enough to list these skills; you must provide evidence that you have demonstrated these skills in a work or personal situation. For instance: “demonstrated excellent communication skills and team working skills when you organised a family fun run for you children’s school”.

4). Interests/Achievements: Firstly stay clear of the word “Hobbies”, this is very much a term you will see on a CV of a teenager. As an adult pursuing a career the words “interests and achievements” read better and come across very professional. This section provides you with the opportunity to add some personality to your CV.  However there is a fine line.  While it is good to show some personality you must balance the act of professionalism too.

It is very boring to see a list of interests reeled off such as “watching TV, reading, playing computer games, keeping fit and spending time with family and friends”. Use the Interests and Achievements section of your CV to demonstrate attributes your potential employer is looking for e.g. team player – manage/train an underage football team for the local soccer club demonstrates organisational skills. Volunteering twice a week to read to the elderly demonstrates empathy and kindness, skills required is a Healthcare or Childcare position. Use this opportunity to sell and push your key skills one last time before your CV comes to an end.

5). References: Many CVs will state “available on request”.  This is one sure way of your CV to end up in the NOT shortlisted pile once again.  Remember you are seeking an interview; make it as easy as possible for the prospective employer/recruiter to find out good information about you. Provide at least two references, ideally from your most recent employment.  Make sure that you have permission to supply use someone as a referee. You don’t want a prospective employer/recruiter to contact one of your referees to find out that individual no longer works there or worse again does not remember you.  Make sure to call the referee and get permission and inform them of the role you are applying for and what it entails. By doing this when your referee gets the call they will be fully versed and in a much stronger position to give positive feedback about your work ethic and capabilities.

If you require more support and advice on CV preparation, please don’t hesitate to contact the Swilly Group Recruitment Division. Telephone (074) 9151212 or email info@swillygroup.com to find out more how we can help you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara McAssey is an Employment Officer and Recruitment Consultant with Swilly Group. She has been offering career planning advice for many years.  She has supported many employers with candidate searches and has a wide network of employer contacts across a number of industry sectors.

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RSA releases videos on Towing of Trailers

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The Swilly Group welcomed the release of an information booklet and a series of You Tube videos by the RSA on the regulations around towing of light trailers. The information Booklet “Road Safety Advice and driver Licensing rules for drawing light trailers” can be downloaded for free from the RSA’s website.

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The towing on trailer information also consists of a series of 6 short videos all relating to the regulations and best practice safety procedures on towing of trailers. The six videos are as follows:

  1. Licensing and Entitlement
  2. Roadworthiness
  3. Coupling a Trailer
  4. Uncoupling a Trailer
  5. Loading and Unloading a Trailer
  6. Driving Test for Trailers

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Stephen Sweeney, Director of Driving Services said “There is still a lot of confusion around licences, weights and general safety requirements around towing of light trailers”. “We are delighted to see the RSA develop this booklet and the short videos”.  “Over the last number of years, we have had increasing numbers of drivers from the construction and agricultural communities taking the driving test in licence category BE (Car/Van and Light Trailer)”.

The Swilly Group offers driver training for Jeep and Trailer Licence category BE. If you require more support and advice on the towing of light trailers, please don’t hesitate to contact the Swilly Group Driving Division.  Telephone (074) 9151212 or email info@swillygroup.com to find out more how we can help you.