In South Africa there is a need for skilled workers. Employee training provides benefits for both the business and the employee, however it can be tough to find suitable training courses.
If your business depends on a fleet of drivers for daily operation then it is definitely worth looking at accredited driver training courses. However, if you’re not sure how this kind of training might benefit your team, here are some pros and cons:
From defensive driver training to rollover prevention and awareness sessions. Training courses will teach drivers how to handle almost every possible potentially disastrous driving situation.
Apart from learning to drive safely, driver training also teaches economical driving techniques. Reducing the amount of accidents and saving on fuel would be of benefit to any business.
Due to recent truck accidents published in the media, there has been more demand for businesses to ensure that truck drivers drive responsibly. This includes collision avoidance expertise, which is a part of driver training courses.
When your business invests in employees then they feel invested in the business. By providing training and upskilling workers you can reduce expenses of high employee turnover and construct a loyal and trustworthy ethos.
There are increasing incentives for companies to choose accredited training. Organisations are obliged, under new codes, to increase spend on skills development which can only be recouped if the organisation and training are accredited.
You will need to weigh up the cost of taking a driver off the road for a day versus the potential benefits of training. You should also choose a training course which provides trucks and cars during instruction so you do not lose valuable time using your own vehicles for training.
Driver training will require an initial financial investment, however, accredited organisations have a ten to one return on investment on average.
The benefits of driver training will be limited if you are simply using it to earn a tax rebate. You will need to implement and encourage an ongoing attitude of responsible driving that filters throughout the organisation.
Driver trainers do not need to belong to an association nor receive a specific qualification to provide training. As a result you need to carefully select a training organisation which has taken its own steps (such as ISO9000 qualification) to ensure they provide you with professional and experienced training.
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