Free driver training packages set to help North East SMEs cut running costs

I can’t think of a single business which utilises a fleet (or grey fleet) of vehicles that would not benefit from some kind of training designed to help boost fuel efficiency and cut organisational running costs.

After all, there is always room for improvement when it comes to motoring efficiency. All you need is the right kind of driver training, delivered to a high standard, which can then be put into action on the road.

Of course, most businesses would view such training as a good thing. However, that doesn’t mean that they ever get around to signing their employees up for any. After all, there are other competing priorities vying for a company’s financial resources. Driver training is just one of the many things it would be good to get involved with.

But what if such training was free to the company involved? That would be too good to be true, right? Well, wrong, actually…

Thanks to a new research contract our Effective Transport Solutions training centre has secured with Teesside University, we’re now in a place to offer businesses just that. We have a free half-day training package to offer 27 SMEs in the region.

Fuel consumption savings brought about through the implementation of efficient driving skills means that companies can save money and boost their environmental performance. But we’re offering more than just help with fuel efficiency: in addition these training packages include modules on hazard perception and tired/distracted driving. These are designed to bring about improved safety levels which can reduce the risk of costly accidents. Training will take place using state-of-the-art driver simulators at our Washington-based centre.

So if you’re part of a SME based in the North East region and would like to apply for one of these free training packages, simply contact us here. To help decide if this is for you, we’re defining SMEs as enterprises which employ fewer than 250 persons and which have an annual turnover not exceeding €50m, and/or an annual balance sheet total not exceeding €43m. All regions of the North East can be considered providing the organisation has a registered office within Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham or the Tees Valley. 

What can participating businesses expect? Well, the training will be delivered through an initial classroom theory session covering the effects on fuel efficiency of different ways of using vehicle controls, vehicle maintenance, route planning etc. This will be followed up by simulator-based training which will help build on – and cement – the results of the classroom-based learning. The training is enjoyable as well as instructive.

Although there is no cost attached to signing up to this programme, we will require driver or fleet performance data from participating businesses before and after training to help better understand the effects such training has and the type of carbon and cost savings that can be brought about.

This is a great opportunity for businesses in the region to get effective, high quality, accredited driver training for free. In addition, the data which will be generated as a result of this programme will help to further our understanding of fuel efficient motoring and the part effective training can play in driver education. That will help to protect not just the region’s businesses, but also the environment too.

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