Only a couple of minutes earlier than the begin of the examination, the stress rises, the final minute questions are flowing. Some are on their 31s, others in more informal garments, however for all, the problem is the similar: to acquire the skilled passenger automobile driver card (VTC), the key to exercising the career. They are 4 candidates, this Tuesday afternoon at the Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Hauts-de-Seine, to take the sensible half of the examination.
Despite the well being context and the ensuing drastic drop in the quantity of prospects, this didn’t settle down aspirants. Quite the opposite. Each day, the examination heart of the CMA92 – the chambers of trades are empowered to take this examination from the utility of the Grandguillaume legislation – passes between 4 and eight candidates, and even more on sure days.
This summer time, the examination heart in Nanterre was in full swing to make up for the delay taken throughout the two months of the first confinement (the place the exercise had been suspended in contrast to this second confinement). Since the starting of the yr and till October 31, at least 1,369 individuals have tried their luck. This is already more than final yr, since 1281 candidates had taken the apply in 2019 and even more than in 2018 with 833 aspiring VTC drivers.
“Obtaining the card is fraught with pitfalls”
And it isn’t over. “350 candidates are already registered for November and December”, specifies France-Lise, head of examinations at the CMA 92. “I did not expect that in this context: Covid or not Covid, there is a queue to be able to take the exam ”, confided the president of CMA 92, Daniel Goupillat, a few weeks ago.
Gathered in the parking lot of the institution, Trésor, Abdoulaye, Jonathan and Serkan, listen attentively to the instructions of Malika, responsible for the administrative management of the exams. “You have six minutes to make the itinerary, put together a quote […] when you arrive, you could have three minutes to current the bill… ”Then, in flip, they depart with their very own dual-drive automobile rented at their very own expense, with a jury made up of a consultant of the CMA and a certified individual , equal to a driving college teacher.
“The CMA has made the exams difficult, obtaining the card is fraught with pitfalls,” notes Trésor, 38, who’s taking the examination for the second time. The pc scientist from Gennevilliers spent a little bit more than 1230 euros between coaching, the examination, the rental of the examination automobile to get the sesame. “I want a second job, I spend a lot of hours in front of the computer, I need human contact and that can bring in a lot of money, I want to live well and live with a single pay of 1,500 euros, this is not easy, ”he explains.
“Given the financial scenario, we’re obliged to mix jobs, if solely to acquire a mortgage”
“I have a lot of candidates in this case who have an activity and who take this exam in addition. Others have an activity and want to stop to become their own boss for different reasons… But above all I have a large part who are looking for a job, ”observes Malika.
This is the case of Serkan, 36, who has been looking for a job since the asbestos removal company he worked for as a business manager was liquidated. This resident of Asnières-sur-Seine had registered for the exam last February before everything was postponed because of the coronavirus. But the thirty-something goes for it anyway and sees no other solution than to be his own boss.
“I had done job searches but even in the construction industry, I couldn’t find the same salary level as before. I am in the process of opening a restaurant and I could work as a private driver on the weekends as well, given the economic situation, we are obliged to combine jobs, if only to obtain a loan ”.
“I do know that the VTC drivers are at present in arrears however the course of is below means”
Jonathan, 31, already has two jobs but wants to swap one of his permanent contracts in catering and logistics for transporting individuals when this “difficult wave” of covid-19 has passed. “Financially, I need to combine two jobs but I will be able to manage my time better, take advantage of my son,” hopes this resident of Persan (Val-d’Oise).
More enjoyment of his family is also the hope of Abdoulaye, 40, who has worked as a night receptionist in a hotel in La Défense for several years. “I do know that the VTC drivers are at present struggling however the course of is below means, I considered it throughout the confinement and determined to vary, I make the map after which I wait, I’ll resign when I’m properly began. “
The candidates will cross their fingers for two weeks while awaiting the results. They will then start as a self-employed person via different platforms such as Uber or independent driver.
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