Wasted Driver CPC opportunities threaten future of profession, says RTITB


Author : Molokini

According to DVSA data obtained by RTITB LGV drivers are repeating the same Driver CPC training topics, suggesting that opportunities for continued development are being missed.  With a shortage of skilled drivers and an ageing workforce, RTITB warns that this may pose a risk to the future of the industry.

“It’s a real concern that so many of the course topics that are currently being chosen for Driver CPC are the same as those taken in the last training cycle,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, the leading Driver CPC consortium.  “It indicates that many employers and drivers are treating the training as a ‘box-ticking’ exercise and wasting this valuable opportunity.”

The data from the DVSA showed that out of the current ten most popular subject areas, seven topics are the same as in the previous five-year Driver CPC training cycle.  In fact, three courses – First Aid, Modular and Driver Hours – have remained in the top five most popular subject areas.

Other popular training courses that are being repeated in the current cycle include Drivers Hours, WTD and Tachographs, Health and Safety, Safe Loading and Customer Service.

“To attract and retain the drivers of the future, Driver CPC needs to offer genuine continued professional development,” says Laura.  “If drivers tire of repeating the same training courses every cycle, they may not be motivated to continue in this very important career.”

Although recent reports from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed a year on year increase in the number of LGV drivers in employment, the most recent Labour Force Survey statistics continue to show that the UK is facing a future driver shortage.  There are more LGV drivers over the age of 45, than under 45, with more drivers aged between 50 and 54 than in any other age bracket.

“Driver CPC is not intended to be a ‘refresher’ course,” says Laura.  “In order to keep the drivers of the future engaged, it is crucial that employers consider which training subjects will bring the most value to their specific operation.”

Laura concludes “With three years left in the current Driver CPC cycle, we encourage drivers and employers to make the remainder of their training really count.”

RTITB supports employers to make training choices that can benefit their organisation as a whole and deliver a return on their investment. The RTITB Driver CPC CourseBuilder library covers 110 topics all of which aim to improve driver behaviour and are delivered through a wide selection of 35-minute interactive learning sessions which include quizzes, video led discussion, working party style discussions and case study based learning.  This approach has been developed to engage drivers and offers opportunities to develop a broad range of skills.  It also enables employers to create Driver CPC courses which are uniquely tailored to their customer and business needs and deliver measurable ROI. 

More information on RTITB Driver CPC courses for drivers, training providers or employers can be found at www.rtitb.co.uk.  

Latest Client News

70 New Hyster Forklift Trucks...

01/01/1970

The oldest printing machine manufacturer in the world, Koenig & Bauer Group in Würzburg, Germany, is now using 70 new Hyster® forklift trucks in their plants.

LGV Drivers Vulnerable to...

01/01/1970

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 0.5 million workers were reported as suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16*, including many within the transport and storage sectors. 

New Side Battery Exchange for...

01/01/1970

Side battery exchange is now an option on selected Hyster® 1.5T – 3.5T electric counterbalance trucks.  

30 Years of Hyster Container...

07/07/2017

As BCTN celebrates 30 years of operation in June 2017, Hyster Europe will receive a new order for an Empty Container Handler. 

New Hyster® 11T Empty...

//19/07/2017

The new empty container handler from Hyster Europe provides double handling capabilities for any empty container type, even for 2 reefers with the refrigeration units on the same side.

Industry Issues Tackled at...

07/05/2017

Hundreds of visitors arrived in Telford on 22nd June for Talent in Logistics, the only event dedicated to training, learning and development in the transport, warehousing and logistics industries.  

Latest Molokini News

The Crucial Role Social Media...

//18/07/2017

By nature, luxury brands create a distance between the brand and their customers, generating the elusive aura and scarcity that rationalises the price tag.  So, though it’s all too easy to assume that the luxury brand persona doesn’t exactly mesh with social media, the two are not mutually exclusive.

Here are just a few ways that luxury brands can benefit from an active social media presence...

Molokini promotes Talent in...

01/01/1970

Molokini Marketing is the lead marketing agency promoting the 2017 Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards. 

Cox Powertrain Launches New...

01/01/1970

This new site will be the primary source of information, events and resources related to the CXO300; the most powerful, professional commercial diesel engine ever developed.

Front End Web Developer...

//07/06/2017

Due to recent growth, we are currently seeking a skilled front-end developer to join our team on a 6-month contract basis, with the possibility of a full-time role at the end of the contract. We are looking for a talented and dynamic front-end developer to help us build and maintain optimised websites for our clients. Someone who really cares about the client journey and final product.

Designing Websites for...

01/01/1970

Harnessing the power of a website for any organisation is crucial, even for businesses that may consider themselves as primarily offline. Manufacturers, construction firms, engineers, transporters or other industrial businesses often measure success by their ability to build offline relationships – but the web plays a huge part in developing those face-to-face relations.

How to Get More Email Signups...

01/01/1970

Never underestimate the value of email subscribers.  These valuable soft leads often end up as your most loyal clients or customers… with the right amount of gentle persuasion.