A North-east recruitment firm is launching a new professional training course for drivers.
Genesis Personnel, with offices in Aberdeen and Peterhead, has teamed up with training firm, North Training Services, to provide Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training, ahead of new regulations later this year.
Training courses will be offered in Ellon, Peterhead and Aberdeen or on client premises. The recruitment firm, which has a specialised driving department, will be working in partnership with North Training Services to ensure that LGV drivers complete the mandatory training by the September deadline.
The regulations, introduced by the Government in 2009, aim to improve the standards in the industry, increase safety on UK roads and develop driver’s knowledge and skills.
The compulsory training will require all drivers of LGVs, over 3.5 tonnes, to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years. Failing to comply could lead to many drivers losing their right to drive commercially.
John North, of North Training Services, said: “It is important that all drivers, new and existing, understand that this legal training is not going away. Without this qualification, drivers will simply not be allowed to drive and if they don’t do it before the September 2014 cut off, they could face serious fines.”
Managing Director of Genesis Personnel, Wendy Marr, said: “Genesis Personnel has seen a huge increase in demand for drivers recently, and, as we are committed to providing our clients with only the best quality and qualified candidates, we have to ensure that all of our drivers met the necessary legal standards.”