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Food and Drink Businesses – What is your Driver CPC Training Missing?

News | 28th Mar 2019

If your business is within food and drinks logistics, are your LGV drivers getting appropriate, relevant Driver CPC training?

As an employer, delivering generic Driver CPC modules from a training provider might tick a compliance box, but it falls short in terms of addressing the particular needs of the food and drink industry. RTITB’s new Food and Drink Logistics module for Driver CPC Periodic Training to help meet these challenges.

The nw trainign module has been developed to include a wide range of topics specific to food and drink sector drivers. Topics focused on both chilled and frozen refridgeration equip drivers with an understanding of vehicles with trailer fridge units, temperature and food hygiene requirements, as well as the relevant PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required when working in harsh environments.

Sector specific delivery methods, suich as the use of skids and bear pits in drayman operations, or sack trucks for drinks operations, are also covered in the new Driver CPC material. There are also safety focused topics included, such as manual handling, which is important when handling the non-uniform loads commonly found in drinks logistics. The material also includes training around the security of high value loads, such as alcohol.

LGV drivers in the food and drink sector are often required to interact with the general public, as well as onsite retail management teams and internal logistics contacts. To support this, the new module includes topics on Customer Service/Company/Representation. Professional Driver Conduct is another option within the expansive range of Driver CPC Periodic Training topics available from RTITB. This can help food and drink employers to educate drivers in their legal, professional and social responsibilities, assisting their career development and ensuring they feel valued.

For even greater relevance to their operations, RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium members also have the option to tailor existing training materials to their own values, culture, processes and practices. Rather than delivery the same training topics year in, year our, we encourage businesses to ask, ‘What is our training missing?’. By aligning training with business needs, we have found that there can be great benefits for both drivers and employers. Our new module will hopefully help employers to heighen safety within their food and drinks logistics operations, while also experiencing a greater return on their investment in training.

To find out more about Driver CPC Periodic Training from RTITB and how it can help ensure operations are carried out in line with your business needs, click here. To discuss your needs with our specialist team, call +44(0)1952 520207.