Hillington-based John G Russell (Transport) is to beef up its participation in the Invest in Renfrewshire scheme, a council initiative to help tackle local youth unemployment and support business growth. The scheme, set up in June 2012, aims to build partnerships with local firms who want to make an investment in young people aged 16-24. More than 300 firms have signed up to it so far. The Invest in Renfrewshire initiative provides a range of ways to bring employers and […]
The RHA held a National Training Conference at Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum last month. Describing 2012 as the year Driver CPC ‘comes of age’ the day was dominated by discussion of this most emotive of subjects. Seen by some as the way forward to improve the sector’s image, others view it as a government cash-cow with too many “cowboys” delivering training. However, conference chairman Richard Fry started the day with the message that was consistently delivered throughout: Whatever you think […]
Operators have responded well to calls from the head of a new working group to get involved to help tackle the skills crisis, but even more involvement would be welcome. RHA chief executive Geoff Dunning says he is pleased by the response from operators to his call to get involved in the initiative [see below] made earlier this year. “There’s been a good number of volunteers,” Dunning tells MotorTransport.co.uk. “There’s no doubt that the issue of the driver population is […]
Last year industry players won their long-waged battle for a government-funded driver training apprenticeship. The Trailblazer pitch had been denied twice previously when the government said it didn’t think training a driver would stretch over the 12-month period needed to meet funding requirements. While the Trailblazer scheme was eventually approved, CM Downton was well ahead of the game with its own 12-month driving apprenticeship.