22 November 2022
Day in a life of a Skip Driver
It’s time to showcase our amazing employees, they are such a talented bunch.
For our first Day In A Life feature, we sat down with Ryan to get to know a little bit more about him and his work day.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Ryan and I have experience driving Skips lorries for almost 7 years. I have been with Waltet for nearly 3 years now working as their Skip Driver covering Southampton, which I thoroughly enjoy! In my spare time, I like to be creative, I do a lot of sketching and painting, and sometimes get commissioned to paint murals.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Every day is different. No two jobs are the same. Usually, I arrive on-site at Romsey ready to start my shift around 6.30 am log my hours and start by doing thorough checks on my skip lorry. My daily checks involve making sure that my skip lorry is safe and road legal to start the day’s work. This includes checking the tyres, lights, mirrors and bodywork of the vehicle.
I will then look at the scheduled list of jobs for the day which will include deliveries, collections and exchanges of skips. It can be hectic sometimes, but our Transport Team has strategically planned out my route so that most jobs are close together to ensure each journey is the most economic and time efficient.
The sites that our skips are delivered to vary from domestic households to commercial sites. If I am dropping a skip to a domestic, it may be placed on or off the road depending on the customer’s preference and permit.
For lunchtime, I might stop at a local store for a sandwich deal and some little treats to get me going through my shift. Alternatively, if I have packed my lunch, I will stop in a safe space to then eat. I’d continue to work after lunch until my last job. On average I’d finish between 4-5 pm.
Do we have regular customers?
Most of the time we often get repeated customers, both domestic and commercial as some big projects can go on for as long as 2 years. I’ve built long-term friendships with Waltet customers and received a lot of positive feedback from them since I’ve worked here.
What is the highlight of being a skip driver?
It’s very hard to pinpoint one highlight, as there are so many wonderful moments of my job. I pride myself in giving 100% to my customers, therefore happy customers are definitely a highlight of my job. Most of my customers call our team in the office to leave feedback about me, which is an absolute highlight to know that you’ve done well and when your efforts are seen.
What makes Waltet different?
What makes Waltet so special to work for is that they are honestly such a great company to work for. Waltet is an easy-going company. The transport team trusts me so most of the time they let me get on with my work. Waltet really valued their drivers, so every now and then they would give us vouchers. It‘s thoughtful gestures that make you feel valued.