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Wttl achieve the Training Quality Standard

5 Oct 2010

After 12 months of preparation, consultancy, procedure reviews, bid writing and submission, Wttl received a validation visit from Investors in Excellence on the 27th August.

This day of staff interviews and procedure audits passed successfully and our application moved to the final stage, the employer survey. 198 of our trading clients were contacted by the awarding body for feedback, and as a result of your input Wttl were awarded the standard, with one of the highest employer scores received. But don't think that having joined an exclusive group of providers with TQS, we'll be resting on our laurels. We know there are 4 employers out there who didn't feel our service was good enough to recommend, so we still have work to do to improve!

For information on The Training Quality standard visit: www.trainingqualitystandard.co.uk



Logistic Supervisor Course

4 Oct 2010

Since January this year the Wttl Employer Forum have been working to develop a suite of courses to assist staff development. Whilst some of these have involved adjustments to courses already available, the first new course, for staff moving into supervisory roles at Level 3, is now being piloted with Langdon Industries Ltd.

Given the positive feedback of the first module we will look to offer a course commencing in February 2011, for further information please click here.



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Driver CPC Public Course now also available in Cornwall & Dorset!

5 Sep 2010

Working with our Driver CPC partners in the area,  Wttl are pleased to confirm the following Driver CPC Public Courses:
   
Sherbourne, Dorset
29th November 2010 & 24th January 2011

Trenode Training Centre
2nd October 2010 & 4th October 2010

Millennium Hall, Portreath
4th September 2010 & 9th October 2010

Newquay
26th September 2010 & 16th October 2010

St Austell
14th October 2010 & 15th October

To make a booking please contact Wttl on 0845 600 9598 or contact us.



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Operation Tramline

2 Sep 2010

For those of you who thought that sitting up in a truck cab kept you away from the view of passing police cars, think again.
 
Operation Tramline ran in the Avon areas of the M5 & M4 during May, with local traffic police using an unmarked Volvo FH to drive alongside LGV’s.
 
As a result, over 20 drivers had their licence suspended for up to 3 weeks by Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell who made her feelings clear, “drivers who use mobile devices are placing other road users at real risk”.
 



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Health & Safety – Safe Loading

1 Sep 2010

Drivers can expect a greater focus on load safety and security if their vehicle is stopped at the roadside. The HSE have released figures stating that 1200 people per year are injured during the loading or unloading of vehicles.
 
A substantial number of these accidents occurred as individuals climbed onto a vehicle to deal with a load that had shifted.  Further injuries occurred as people were struck by falling objects, when opening doors or curtains of a vehicle.
 
HSE advice states the only way to adequately secure the load was to ensure it was attached to the chassis via chains or straps and that curtains only provide protection from weather, they are not a means of restraint.
 



Self-Employed brought into scope for Working Time Directive?

31 Aug 2010

Wttl are receiving calls from concerned operators, with regard to the EU Parliament rejecting the exclusion of the self-employed from the WT Directive in June.  This rejection leaves two options for the European Commission:

1)      Introduce a new proposal
2)      Let the full effects of the directive come into force.
 
Under option one the provisions for the self employed will be suspended until a new proposal is considered.  
 
With option two the commission will have to advise Member States when the directive will apply for the self employed, as the date in the original directive has already passed. This latter position remains the case until the Commission issues clarification.