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Educating driver workforce "slow to develop"

By: Deborah Bates
09 February 2011

Despite investments being made in the transport industry, educating the workforce within it has been "slow to develop", according to one supply chain expert.

Pierre de Carteret, a programme manager at a supply chain company, has spoken to Road Transport about his concerns.

He claimed that although some government-funded initiatives - including the 'Road Haulage Modernisation Fund' and 'Train to Gain' - have helped to train some driving professionals, not all companies have invested the time, effort or funding into advancing the skills of their drivers.

"Workforce training, therefore, remains an important subject that requires attention," Carteret said, urging businesses to understand what is involved in CPC training and other types of education.

"Without a deeper analysis of actual requirements, time and resources invested in staff, education will not enable either the employer or employee to realise the maximum return on their investment."

He added that many companies had accepted some trained provided by the Sector Skills Council, without actually researching the value of the training, or what their individual employees might need. This could mean some drivers were not getting the training best-fit to their individual responsibilities or role.

"For training to be effective, not only do the needs of the individual and the company need to be considered, but those responsible for delivering it must also be suitable," Carteret concluded, before adding that the future of the transport industry depended on the education of its workforce.

His views come after Materials Handling World Magazine claimed that only 296,000 of the 750,000 drivers working in the transport sector have begun their CPC training.

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