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Driver CPC Picks Up Pace

25 Jan 2011

This month the Driving Standards Agency have released figures relating to the number of drivers undertaking Driver CPC Periodic Training and those already completing their first 35 hour cycle.
The figures are already showing a few trends.  2008/9 shows a slow start with 430,000 hours of training delivered and 1469 drivers completing all 35 hours in the period. Many of these completers will be bus drivers, due to the regulation starting a year earlier for them.  However, with only 141 drivers requesting their Driver Qualification card for PCV it would appear many may still wish to drive LGV.
2009/10 was the first period to fully include LGV drivers and training hours increased to 1.5 million with an additional 6274 drivers applying for DQC.
2010/11 has seen training hours almost double in the first six months, and it would appear that more employers and drivers are taking the one day a year training option.  This doubling of training hours is not reflected in the number DQC applications being applied for with 4270 issued so far this period.
Whichever option you choose, it is clear you could do with planning your training now, as there are providers out there that could see your need as a quick buck and prices increasing unscrupulously as demand rises!

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Race Across America Marathon

12 Jan 2011

With the news that Barney was taking a year out from trekking across the country to raise funds for Help for Heroes, Wttl was left looking for someone else up for a similar challenge so that we could continue our support for the charity.

The answer came in the form of 47AD Squadron based at Lyneham who are looking to compete in a 3000 mile cycle relay race from the West to East coasts of America, starting on the 18th June 2011. Prior to that the team of 8 cyclists and their support team will be busy training and fund raising.

The 2009 team completed the race in just over 6 days and raised over £5000. So the target has been set for 47AD Squadron to beat! Details of the event can be found on: www.madraam.webs.com/aboutus.htm and donations can be accepted via www.justgiving.com/47ad-raam

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Latest Apprentices

12 Dec 2010

Since the Skills Funding Agency announced the shift of training priorities away from Train to Gain toward Apprenticeships, Wttl have been working with employers to explore the benefits of the Apprenticeship in terms of recruiting youngsters or upskilling existing employees via an adult apprenticeship.

The popularity of the programmes has resulted in induction days in October and November being fully subscribed with employers from as far afield as Bridgwater & Redditch (Langdon Industries), Gloucester (Richard Read Transport), Gillingham (Dextra Group) along with our local clients Wadworths and Curry’s Motors all keen to develop staff via the available frameworks.

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New for 2011 – Even more CPC

10 Dec 2010

While many Logistics companies are still considering how to make a start with Driver CPC. Here at Wttl we have turned our attention back to the Operators requirements.

Over the past few months our South West Traffic Commissioner has been attending various events outlining her expectations of how operators keep their knowledge up to date. In order to assist with implementing this best practice, Wttl have developed a two-day refresher course giving an overview of current CPC content and recently changed legislation. The programme is currently with JAUPT for approval in order for attendees to be able to claim 14 hours Driver CPC periodic training when attending the course.

Our first course is programmed for the 14th & 15th of March 2011 and we plan to run it bi-monthly from then.

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Wttl North Devon Partner

5 Dec 2010

Following the success of our, now well established partnership in Cornwall alongside Martins Driver Training, Wttl have identified a partner for the North Devon region.

Based in Barnstaple, Absolute Driving Solutions already have the capacity to deliver Wttl licence acquisition training on Cat C and C+E vehicles, DCPC and Lorry Mounted Crane.

The partnership will see the rest of the Wttl syllabus available to employers in the region phased in through 2011. First stages include Apprentice delivery commencing in the New Year with a National CPC course planned in preparation for the March examinations.

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Road Safety Week

2 Dec 2010

The 22nd to 26th of November saw Wttl once again visit school's in support of Brake’s Road Safety Week, to give youngsters an opportunity to get behind the wheel and take a look at the road from a driver’s point of view.

The first presentation was given to the local Scout’s Troupe. Our instructors Brian & Rod visited school's in All Cannings, Devizes, Swindon and Durrington after which there are several hundred children more aware of the visibility and manoeuvrability issues drivers have to manage in the urban environment. We believe this knowledge will help them and their parents to stay safe when in close proximity to Large Goods Vehicles.