Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Revised Course for Instructors Who Teach LGV Drivers as Shortage of Delivery Staff Bites

RTITB Trains the Trainers
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UK – With the man in the street starting to notice empty shelves in supermarkets, the Road Transport Industry Training Board (RTITB) has relaunched its LGV Instructor course in an attempt to address the chronic driver shortage afflicting the logistics sector. Companies and individuals have the chance to make a difference by qualifying and going on to train others looking for a career in the industry.

The Board’s intention is to deliver courses to the client’s premises, or at the RTITB Instructor Academy, situated in Telford which occupies a central position in England and is therefore accessible for many companies too small to require a visiting course.

The RTITB says the Academy is the only centre in the UK and Ireland that is dedicated to training transport, warehousing, and logistics instructors to deliver training that makes a real difference to the needs of their students and industry. Simon Docherty, RTITB Instructor Academy Manager, commented:

“There is a national shortfall of 60,000+ LGV drivers and an estimated 30,000 vocational driving test slots were lost in 2020 due to Covid-19. Add to that the knock-on effects of Brexit, and it is truly a critical time for the industry to identify, nurture, and retain talent.

“Qualified Instructors will be able to create LGV driver courses that match the needs of learners in these different programmes, while delivering high quality training. We mustn’t overlook the importance of delivering training to a professional standard, as this is what makes drivers feel valued and engaged, in turn contributing to better retention, keeping the skills you need in your business.”

Although the LGV Instructor course is based around licence acquisition, it has been designed to enable qualified Instructors to also apply the skills learned in many other driver training situations. For instance, carrying out driver inductions, delivering Driver CPC training, carrying out post-assessment and incident remedial training, teaching new skills to novice and existing drivers, and improving drivers’ confidence when out on the road.

The course first provides candidates with the necessary theory, then encourages learners to put this knowledge into practice and confirm skills through practical exercises. It also features updated content surrounding legislation, ensuring drivers and businesses are up to date and compliant. The course typically covers the role of the Instructor, practical driving assessment, in-cab instruction, classroom instruction, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) driving test, and training route selection.

Instructors completing the course should be able to discuss and demonstrate the subject knowledge required for LGV driver instruction, as well as lesson planning and course management techniques. The course culminates with an independent examination by the National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI), which must be completed successfully to qualify.

The NRI is the only standard endorsed by DVSA, and is supported by Logistics UK and the Road Haulage Association (RHA), as well as JAUPT for the Driver CPC Instructor examination, giving employers and instructors the reassurance of an industry recognised qualification.