Our Training

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Our aim is to be regarded as the best employer in our area.

We believe in recruiting the best local people and training them to deliver our high standards focussed on customer service, efficiency and safety.

Our training ethos

Our entire team has the opportunity and is encouraged to obtain vocational and professional qualifications because we recognise the benefit of well trained and motivated people. In recent years we have invested heavily in training and team development with half of our team at any one time engaged in recognised training programmes.

Our driver training

Our drivers play a crucial role in the delivery of our transport solutions. We operate the OPCOM Operator’s Compliance System, a safety in road transport recognised standard.

We also operate a driver analysis system that monitors how efficiently each vehicle is driven by each individual driver.  The system is based upon the analysis of millions of hours of driving covering all terrains, weather conditions, loads and vehicle specifications to arrive at a BEST PRACTICE level, which is how we measure our drivers’ performance and training requirements.

Our drivers are monitored on a daily, weekly and monthly basis continuously and training is unique to each driver.

Our driver analysis system monitors key areas during the driver’s day, including:

  •         REVS – the system analyses if the driver heavy on the gas.  In modern day trucks low revs are where the optimum power is produced. Excessive revs do not get you any further, any quicker they just burn up unnecessary diesel and emit high levels of exhaust particles
  •         BRAKES – heavy braking uses diesel, due to the dissipation of energy. A driver that is constantly heavy on the brakes will also be heavy on the revs. This also leads to early brake pad and disc replacement, very costly and environmentally unfriendly
  •         SPEED – 50 mph is recognised as the most fuel efficient speed. The system demonstrates how much more in money 56 mph will cost for a few minutes worth of time. It demonstrates that lower maximum speeds with higher average speeds are much better than higher maximum speeds with lower average speeds
  •         ROLLING ON AIR – a good driver knows when to lay off the gas pedal whilst moving and let the momentum of weight push the vehicle along. The vehicle will be on tick over and all unused fuel is returned to the tank
  •         IDLING – drivers can use up a lot of fuel by unnecessary idling while the vehicle is not moving, just having the engine ticking over. They are encouraged to turn the engine off as soon as possible. Idling can also be controlled by not wasting time sat at red traffic lights or on traffic islands. The system helps to train people away from being “starter-stoppers” to smooth steady progressive drivers that come to as few unnecessary stops on a journey as possible