A new chapter in my career is starting out at slightly nervy time to be making the eyebrow raising decision to go it alone in the training industry. The close of play shall we say, was just 3 weeks ago for the majority of professional drivers to have renewed their Driver Qualification Cards, for them to continue their vocational living for the next 5 years has only just passed by and there’s me, taking the decision to quit my full time position as a Transport Manager, to make a living as a CPC Trainer.
There is more to life than money, and my long term goal is to improve the quality of driver and operator compliance which in turn, will continue to see road safety standards get better and better as they have over the last few years. If I can tick over financially to achieve my ambitions then I can look back on my efforts with a proud standing and feel that I played my part, even if I do end up living on pot noodles!
I am striving tirelessly to persuade operates to book their drivers in for an annual Certificate of Professional Competence training day annually, rather than waiting until the next main deadline day approaches again in September 2024. Not only does this benefit drivers to have a refresher course every year that keeps them refreshed, it also helps to keep trainers in work and on their game. If we only get to train every 5 years the standard of our presentation will not be of the highest quality either.
I hear the arguments against this method from operators claiming that for many of them the staff that they put through these courses may well not be employed by them in 5 years time. However, many delegates that I put through this year came from operators that had given training already. I found it to be a case of swings and roundabouts. You could set out a training agreement plan that requires the driver to pay back any monies spent on training for a certain period of time, say up to one year.
One of the other things that gets a regular mention is that once Brexit has finally been sorted, CPC training may be scrapped anyway. This is a myth. CPC training is here to stay! Road safety figures prove that the system is actually working. The format of training is a tad flawed, I agree but this is something I aim to take up with the relevant bodies to resolve in the near future.
I believe that the whole road safety system of training needs attention to improve standards even further and one of the issues revolves around professional drivers receiving training relevant to their industries. I often hear of drivers attending courses that are completely irrelevant to what they even do each and every day! This needs to be looked at in depth before too long, and I aim to be involved to make this happen if I possibly can.
I have a few plans floating around that I will keep readers posted about as and when the happen, including taking the ISO 9001:15 Lead Auditor Quality Management Systems exam, which will permit me to offer full audit solutions. You will be able to read more about this in due course. I am also in negotiations with a leading UK tachograph analysis company to help drivers have a better idea of tachograph infringement rates and what is expected of them and how to follow procedures when things go wrong whilst they are out on the road.
The message to all operators whether that be buses, coaches and/or lorries, is that if you want to see better training standards and me to upgrade from pot noodles to the occasional egg on toast then get in touch to get your staff booked in for their refresher training at the earliest opportunity. My diary is ready and waiting for you to fill!
That’s about all from me for now but at the if you have an opinion that you would like shared about the industry in general or my post today then feel free to get in touch.
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