RTITB is encouraging employers to rethink their approach to Driver CPC Periodic Training in order to help achieve their business objectives.
Laura Nelson, RTITB Managing Director, explains “As Driver CPC training is a legal requirement, some employers treat is simply as a tick box exercise – something that their drivers must do. However, it can be so much more than that. Drivers must complete 35 hours of training during a five-year cycle. With proper planning, employers can use this to their business advantage, whilst also improving safety and professional driving standards.”
Here are three examples of how RTITB’s Driver CPC Periodic Training, through the Master Driver CPC Consortium, can assist employers in meeting specific business objectives.
Objective: Increasing fuel efficiency
Many businesses are tasked with increasing fuel efficiency and decreasing fuel costs. Although the choice of vehicle is key in increasing fuel efficiency, driver behaviour also plays a big part. By using the hours allocated to Driver CPC to deliver a Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving course, drivers can not only benefit from the continued professional development that Driver CPC offers, but also learn the specific skills to be more fuel efficient.
After implementing this training, one of RTITB’s Consortium members was able to meet their fuel efficiency goals, increasing their average MPG from one depot by 0.9MPG. The member is now set to increase this to 2.5MPG in the near future, which will deliver around £60,000.
Objective: Improved roadside safety
Maintaining safety is often a core business objective for logistics and haulage businesses. However, the time taken to deliver comprehensive first-aid training to a large workforce can be challenging for employers in terms of both time and money.
To overcome this whilst meeting a company-wide health and safety initiative, one RTITB Consortium member implemented an existing JAUPT approved roadside incident management training course. This covers this essential knowledge needed by drivers to reduce roadside risk and has been incorporated into Driver CPC training hours to ensure all drivers are trained by the end of the year.
Objective: Reduced damage
Reducing product wastage and damage is an important objective for many businesses looking to control costs. Including a Load Safety module within Driver CPC training can help to meet this objective by educating drivers on correctly handling loads, and providing an understanding of how to appropriately secure different load types. Manual Handling training can also be included in Driver CPC to help reduce wastage and damage. Contrary to popular belief, this training can cover more than just preventing personal injury. In fact, correct manual handling can reduce product damage, therefore minimising associated costs.
By selecting the right Driver CPC training modules, vehicles and equipment can also benefit from less damage. A safe and economic driving module help to prevent accidents and unnecessary vehicle wear and tear, while a general Health and Safety module can cover the skills and techniques that save businesses thousands of pounds in vehicle and site damage.
Employers joining the Master Driver CPC Consortium will gain access to the extensive library of Driver CPC training modules, which can used to make a bespoke training session that suits the needs of your business’ objectives. RTITB also offers a bespoke course development service, devising unique content that meets the specific needs of your business and drivers, whilst incorporating your company values alongside RTITB’s high standards.