If you’re a professional heavy goods driver you’ll already know that you need to complete 35 hours’ of training every five years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) up-to-date.
But how much thought have you given to what training you could – maybe even should – be doing?
At 24-7 Staffing, we handle vacancies for drivers across Wiltshire, Bristol and the South West so we have many drivers among our pool of candidates who do a fantastic job for our clients.
But what we really like to see is those drivers who don’t just pay lip service to the required training, but give some thought to the type of training they could be doing in order to fulfil the legal requirement.
Tips on getting the best from your driver training
- Don’t leave training until the last minute. We know that over the summer months, courses get quickly booked up by drivers wanting to complete their required 35 hours in time. Try to stagger the training over the five-year timeframe – it will be more effective.
- Plan your training well in advance and work with your employer to decide which areas are most suitable for you.
- Don’t be tempted to keep taking the same courses. It may be the easy option but it isn’t the best use of your time or money. However…
- …do repeat courses that really are worth repeating, such as first aid training, as these require a regular refresher.
- Consider courses such as refresher walk around tests, customer care or disability awareness, particularly if you have to transport people.
- Road safety is of paramount importance, so courses on cyclist and pedestrian awareness, for example, are very useful and could end up saving lives.
If you’re not sure how much training you have done or need to do, then you can register with this government service here to check and make sure you are up-to-date. It will also help you to plan.
At 24-7 Staffing, we work closely with a number of excellent local Driver CPC Training providers and our specialist Driving Consultants can direct candidates towards these providers who can supply more advice on suitable training options available.
If you are a driver looking for new roles and opportunities, please do get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.