Richard Armitage, director of Driver Hire Training, is predicting a post-Brexit rise in Driver CPC bookings, following confirmation from the Department for Transport (DfT) that Driver CPC is here to stay.
“Not only has the DfT given Driver CPC its full backing, it’s keen to further improve it. Its vision is that Driver CPC training can, potentially, play an important role in making our roads safer and reduce pollution,” says Richard. “They also want Driver CPC to work more efficiently with national vocational qualifications.”
However, Richard is concerned that if the national stall in bookings for Driver CPC training courses – down by about 18,000 on same time last year –.continues, the industry could be storing up trouble as we move toward the completion of the five year training cycle in 2019.
“Driver Hire is actually bucking the trend. Bookings for our courses are up on last year,” says Richard. “Now that the DfT has confirmed that Driver CPC is here to stay, our advice is to get those courses booked. If you recall, at the 2014 deadline, there was a huge spike in demand with both drivers and operators desperate to locate Driver CPC training.”
To meet the expected rise in demand, Driver Hire has both strengthened its training offer and support team. “We’ve already got the UK’s most comprehensive training offer, with over 90 trainers nationwide. We’ve also invested in our training offer, adding new training modules and additional service staff to ensure we meet the needs of our existing customers – and the many new ones we’re expecting.”