Training is arguably the most important step on the road to becoming a professional and safe LGV driver. There are many companies that offer LGV driver training, but do you know what to look for?
What are their qualifications?
To meet legal and safety requirements, it is important to find a training provider who uses instructors who are fully qualified to the current standards (for example are they registered on the National Register of LGV Instructors?). It is also a good idea to look for training accreditation from a reputable accrediting body which ensures that the training course will meet the latest relevant standards and that the trucks and facilities used are professional. Check that they train people to drive not just to pass the DVSA test – there’s a big difference.
Quality training – where’s the evidence?
It is easy to say, “We offer quality training!”, but it means little without any supporting evidence. Does the provider consistently deliver good training that is evidenced through an excellent pass rate? Look on the company website for information about first time pass rates and don’t be afraid to ask if they are not published. Ask to speak to drivers they have trained recently to find out first-hand what the training is like.
Post-training employment figures?
Have the previous trainees all found employment in the logistics sector after completing training with the provider? This is a pretty good indicator of the effectiveness and quality of training the company provides. Once again, look for this information on the website or ask for statistics.
Do they train the trainers too?
Does the provider offer training for instructors? It’s really important that instructors get opportunities to maintain their competence and continue their professional development?
Effective training can positively impact, not only driving, but driver attitude to benefit the entire operation, with drivers feeling accomplished and valued on completion of training.
By delivering professional training in quality facilities and vehicles, driver training providers can help to improve the image of the industry amongst the general public, and create a sense of professionalism in the new LGV driver.
LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year Award
If you are an LGV Driver Training Provider who meets these high standards, or you know someone who is, why not enter the Talent in Logistics Awards online for free? Click here to see a full list of 18 categories.
Businesses looking for an LGV driver training will respond well to an “award winning provider”!
The entry deadline is now 28th April 2017 and the shortlist will be announced in May.
Talent in Logistics Awards winners will be announced at a special celebration event in Telford, West Midlands, on 22nd June 2017. Places are limited, so don’t miss out! Book your tickets now to attend the Talent in Logistics Awards evening. Tickets start from just £150 per person or there are special deals for tables of ten to make sure you can celebrate with all of your colleagues.
The free Talent in Logistics conference takes place on the same day, with topics including the latest developments in learning theory and technology for LGV Driver Training, and developments in LGV driving legislation, regulation and best practice. Click here for the full agenda and book your free conference place now.