In­vest­ing in truck driver train­ing

IN­DUS­TRY NEWS/ The Volvo pro­gramme is recog­nised and cer­ti­fied by the CTA

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Volvo Trucks has em­barked on a new pro­gramme in SA to de­velop un­em­ployed com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle driv­ers through the newly-es­tab­lished Volvo Group Driver Learn­er­ship pro­gramme.

Sup­ported by Volvo Group brands, Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks, the prod­uct-spe­cific train­ing is de­liv­ered by the brand’s skilled driver train­ers.

With an in­vest­ment of R1.9m for the train­ing of 20 un­em­ployed com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle driv­ers, the qual­i­fi­ca­tion, which is ap­proved by the Trans­port Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Au­thor­ity and based on both the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal mod­ules, saw the first in­take of driv­ers start train­ing in July 2018. It’s a 12-month learn­er­ship that ends in June 2019 and a Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Pro­fes­sional Driv­ing from the Trans­port Seta recog­nised Com­mer­cial Trans­port Academy (CTA) in Bre­dell will be con­ferred to suc­cess­ful grad­u­ates.

“We are proud to be able to make a tan­gi­ble con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal trans­port in­dus­try. With an acute need for qual­i­fied and skilled driv­ers, we be­lieve this pro­gramme will start to ad­dress this in­dus­try-wide prob­lem in a prac­ti­cal yet im­pact­ful way,” said Mar­cus Hör­berg, vice-pres­i­dent of Volvo Group South­ern Africa.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the learn­ers will spend a min­i­mum of 400 hours driv­ing over four sea­sons and across nine prov­inces.

“Learn­er­ships are not new, how­ever it is in the align­ment of new knowl­edge learnt and its ap­pli­ca­tion in the work­place that dif­fer­en­ti­ates this pro­gramme,” said Nicci Scott, founder of CTA. “We pur­pose­fully se­lect unit stan­dards that speak to stake­holder man­age­ment, be it to the cus­tomer, the em­ployer or the driver’s role in act­ing re­spon­si­bly, with safety as the key fo­cus.”

In 2017, AB Volvo Group do­nated funds on be­half of its em­ploy­ees to var­i­ous global mar­kets to as­sist in re­solv­ing the dif­fer­ent chal­lenges faced in lo­cal mar­kets. Six­teen projects, of which this driver train­ing course is one, were se­lected by a com­mit­tee of em­ployee rep­re­sen­ta­tives from AB Volvo Board, mem­bers of the ex­ec­u­tive board and Martin Lund­st­edt, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Volvo Group.

“Trans­port is key to eco­nomic growth in this re­gion and if we are able to up­skill and em­power com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle driv­ers it will help drive de­vel­op­ment, pros­per­ity and growth.”

Hör­berg said the pro­gramme aims to en­hance and add to the pool of ex­ist­ing pro­fes­sional driv­ers. “Once the first group has grad­u­ated, we will be look­ing to specif­i­cally en­rol and de­velop more women driv­ers — a de­mo­graphic group we be­lieve has great po­ten­tial to pos­i­tively im­pact the in­dus­try, and so­ci­ety at large, as truck and bus op­er­a­tors,” he said.

Once the first group has grad­u­ated, Volvo will be look­ing to specif­i­cally en­rol and de­velop more women driv­ers. Above: A R1.9m in­vest­ment ad­dresses SA’s need for qual­i­fied and skilled driv­ers.

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