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Driver Technician, Martin Axon

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Driver Technician

I only joined HOYER in July 2017, up until the last two years, my career has been entirely office based. I started out in the banking sector as a call centre operative, progressing into various other roles including risk analysis and team management.

Driving has always been my passion. When I turned seventeen, in the thick of college education, the only test I was interested in passing was my driving test. It wasn’t until my early twenties, when I was unhappy with office life and still in love with driving, that I knew I wanted to make a change.

A family friend presented me with an opportunity to get my C and C+E entitlements, leading straight into a job in general haulage. During my first few months on the road, I got to know of other haulage companies operating in the local area, but one in particular stood out - HOYER. I was impressed by the trucks, and intrigued by the (then) strange letters, numbers and symbols that were on the tanks. When I found out what they represented, I knew I wanted to be a HOYER fuel tanker driver.

After a year in general haulage, I moved into ISOTank work and gained my ADR, edging closer to my goal of working for HOYER. In May 2017, I looked on the jobs page on the HOYER UK website, and saw that applications were being taken for positions in Stanlow - this was my chance. At the end of the process, I was over the moon and bursting with pride to find out I had been accepted.

This was only the beginning. Three weeks of in-depth training was next, which involved gaining my Petroleum Drivers Passport qualification, Smiths System (a system of safe driving), and terminal inductions. My Driver Trainer Instructor was fantastic, he was very knowledgeable, professional, and reassuring. This is a challenging role, but with the first class training that HOYER provide, I feel confident and well equipped to fulfil my duties each shift.

A year into life at HOYER, and I have never been happier. I love the fact that I go to new places each day, providing a service that thousands of people benefit from, which feels very rewarding. I would definitely recommend working here, especially to younger drivers like me. I see myself staying here for the long term, especially given the possibility to progress into other roles, such as becoming a Driver Trainer Instructor.

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