According to RTITB, the UK’s largest Driver CPC Consortium, many lorry drivers in food and drink retail and logistics are missing out on appropriate, relevant Driver CPC Periodic training.
“As an employer, delivering generic Driver CPC modules from a training provider might tick a compliance box, but falls short in addressing the particular needs of the food and drink industry,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of RTITB, which has launched a new Food and Drink logistics module for Driver CPC Periodic Training to help meet these challenges. The new training module, available to members of the RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium, includes a wide range of topics specific to food and drink sector drivers.
For example, topics focused on both chilled and frozen refrigeration equip drivers with an understanding of vehicles with trailer fridge units, temperature and food hygiene requirements, as well as the relevant PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) required when working in harsh environments.
Safety focused topics include manual handling, important when handling the non-uniform loads commonly found in drinks logistics. Training around the security of high value loads, such as alcohol, is also included. Professional Driver Conduct is another option in the range of Driver CPC Periodic Training topics. This can help food and drink employers to educate drivers in their legal, professional and social responsibilities, assisting their career development and ensuring they feel valued.
RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium members also have the option to tailor existing training materials to their own values, culture, processes and practices.