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Consider a Career in Logistics- An Industry on the Rise

According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA) the logistics industry is the UK’s 5th largest employer. Worth £124Bn per annum to the UK economy, there are plenty of career opportunities within the sector – and it is still growing.

Road haulage is an essential part of business in the UK, and worldwide. The effectiveness of the UK economy is dependent on having a logistics and road haulage industry that works for everyone. The pandemic has highlighted this fact all too well and internet retailing has meant that demand for products is even greater than ever.

98% of all consumer produces and machinery are moved by road freight in the Great Britain – the entire country relies upon this industry to run their businesses, feed their families and generally live their life.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus how much we all totally rely on the logistics industry to keep our lives on track – from keeping stock on the supermarket shelves to vital medical supplies and vaccines.

With so many eyes on the logistics sector due to Coronavirus and Brexit, new and exciting challenges await those with the right skills and abilities. The growth of the sector means now is the best time to enhance your career and develop your skills.

More than Driving

The logistics sector offers many career opportunities beyond driving. Other career opportunities in the sector include supply chain management, transportation analysis, logistics engineering, procurement and much more. What’s more as the world becomes ever more globalised, you could have the opportunity to expand your horizons and become involved in international logistics management.

If you are looking to begin or advance your career in logistics and take a step into management, there are a number of course offerings available.

As you become more involved in the operational side of a logistics operation, you may find that Operator Licence Awareness Training (OLAT) is very helpful. It will introduce you to many of the key responsibilities of the Transport Manager and help to keep you up-to-date with the latest industry legislation. If you have an opportunity to become a fully-fledged Transport Manager, you will need to take a Transport Manager CPC course. This is mandatory, but also a very useful, career-enhancing qualification.

With so much growth within this industry, and predicted to grow even further, now is the perfect time to gain some new skills, brush up on old skills and put yourself in a position to enhance your logistics career.

DVSA clamps down on Driver CPC course repetition

The DVSA has announced that they will be monitoring Driver CPC periodic training to ensure drivers are not repeating training as part of their 35-hour requirement.

As you know, in order to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), you are required to carry out 35-hours of training every 5 years with the purpose to improve road safety and maintain high standards in the industry.

However, a loophole that has allowed drivers to take the same course over and over again has always contradicted this.

Whilst many drivers and employers do schedule their training periodically over the five-year cycle, some still wait until the last minute, or focus on cost rather than maximising value. Repeating courses because of time pressures or because it’s cheaper de-values the purpose of training. Plus, no new skills are learned and the delegate’s knowledge is not updated.

As a professional driver, you are working in one of the most heavily regulated industries and sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Even if you have been driving for many years and are incredibly experienced, it is still important to take time out to ensure your knowledge is totally up-to-date. And for employers, keeping drivers up to speed with the latest rules, regs and technologies can also help to reduce operating costs.

The DVSA state that you can only take the same course more than once in each 5-year period if you have a good reason to repeat it (for example, maintaining a dangerous goods qualification). Where unnecessary repetition is identified and without a good reason, the DVSA can cancel the hours you got from the course, which may result in you losing your Driver CPC card if the cancelled hours take your total back under 35- hours. (You can view your training record to see which courses you have attended here).

Plan your training in advance

To ensure that you continue to develop professionally and keep our roads safe, you should undertake training that benefits you and your job.

Here at Driver Hire Training, we offer a wide variety of Driver CPC modules – 16 of which are currently available online, in our virtual classroom.

Our selection provides you with a great choice of topics to choose from. Browse each of our course overview pages to see which ones would benefit you and your job the most.

Get Driver CPC training booked in

You can book courses online, or if you would like more advice or plan your training further in advance, please give us a call on 0808 178 9977 or email us at drivercpc@driverhire.co.uk

Which Driver CPC Modules are Popular and Why?

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a qualification undertaken by professional drivers. The purpose of the certificate is to improve road safety and maintain high standards of professional driving. Gov.uk states that for professional drivers of buses, coaches and lorries, Driver CPC training must be undertaken periodically to fulfil 35 hours of training every 5 years.

As one of the UK’s leading providers of Driver CPC training, Driver Hire Training have developed a CPC training range of 20 modules. Each of these modules has been carefully designed to ensure that it is highly relevant to drivers and their work.

Keeping up with a highly regulated industry

Professional drivers are working within a highly regulated industry and therefore it can be hard to keep up. Combine this with the consequences being serious when things go wrong, and it becomes incredibly important to provide courses which help with these concerns. The most popular topics reflect this.

For example, the following courses remain popular:

A worthwhile investment for transport operators

Investing in good driver training is not only beneficial for drivers but also for transport operators. Not only is good driver training essential for keeping your drivers safe, but you can actually earn back much more than you spend on training. There is great inherent value in investing in your drivers but there are specific courses which tend to be especially popular with transport operators such as Fuel Efficient Driving.

Online Driver CPC training

With the social distancing and other restrictions that we have all faced in 2020, classroom-based training became difficult, if not impossible. As a result, for the first time, the Government has allowed Driver CPC training to be made available online. This is an exciting development for several reasons. It allows drivers to choose the most convenient times for them – whether on weekdays, evenings or weekends. Without having to travel to a physical classroom, the training is much more accessible. This is the first-time drivers have been allowed to complete Driver CPC training courses online. Driver Hire Training were among the first to develop a “Virtual Classroom” and it has proved an incredibly popular development.

It is important that drivers ensure they complete the necessary amount of Driver CPC training every 5 years – you can check how many hours of training you have done on the Gov website. With so many popular courses to choose from, all tailored to the needs and requirements of professional drivers, it is easier than ever for operators and drivers to meet their obligations with Driver Hire Training.

How Putting Drivers Through CPC Training Helps the Transport Manager

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It is a legal requirement in the UK and Europe for drivers of lorries, buses and coaches to take part in Driver CPC training. 35 hours of training must be undertaken, periodically, every 5 years by professional drivers. It is the obligation of drivers themselves to undertake Driver CPC training as and when it is needed, however many operators do arrange the training for their drivers.

It is not only the drivers themselves who benefit from undertaking Driver CPC training but also their employers and transport managers. Not only because it is a legal requirement in order for drivers to continue to work, but also because it has the potential to make drivers much more efficient and safety conscious.

Investing in your people

By investing in Driver CPC training, you are investing in your people and their skills. Most importantly putting your drivers through CPC training means they meet the legal requirements – but also putting them through the training helps them financially which can in turn keep them motivated and loyal. Drivers who feel appreciated and supported by their managers and employers will likely exhibit a higher desire to do a good job.

Legal consequences

If drivers continue to work without a valid Driver CPC, there are serious legal implications not only for the driver themselves but also for their operator for allowing them to continue to drive. If a professional driver fails to carry an up-to-date Driver Qualification Card (DQC), both they and the operator they are working for can face a fine of up to £1000 each. In addition to facing a fine, the driver can also be suspended from driving commercially.

The DQC is obtained through completing the necessary 35 hours of periodical training, so it is essential to ensure the training is being completed. By putting drivers through CPC training managers can be sure the training is taking place, protecting themselves and their drivers.

Choosing a training provider

Choosing the right training provider is equally as important as choosing to invest in your drivers. The training provider you choose will also influence the topics you can select – you should look to select topics and modules which are most relevant to you and your driver’s operational requirements. Choosing the right modules is how you can best deliver a good return on your investment. For example, if you are looking to improve fuel economy, a course specific to this will be highly beneficial. Additionally, you can choose courses which help to ensure better legal compliance – helping to maintain your company’s reputation and protect your OCRS score.

At Driver Hire Training we have a variety of CPC training courses to choose from – which can benefit both the driver and transport operator. Now with classes available online, times can be chosen which are most convenient for drivers.