When the chips are down professional driver training is often seen as a disposable cost, and even when times are good it's usually low down on the to-do list.
Mandatory training helps to improve things, but the focus can be on timing and price rather than quality or content. Then there's the issue that development frameworks are usually designed to support an overarching objective like safety or fuel efficiency / CO2 reduction or to satisfy the particular aims of the company.
If a driver wants to improve their professional standards and focus on something to improve their working life it's important that companies and policy makers respond to that. Although it's speculation, I'm willing to bet that part of the reason for the driver shortage and relatively high turnover is a lack of training that really speaks to drivers; are they being listened to?
We believe it's time that drivers are prepared for a very different working life, and that their skills need to adapt before the technology arrives. We know that in the future, fully autonomous trucks and buses will become an approved, regulated and safe reality (despite the nay-sayers) and that driving jobs will become few and far between as the technology becomes more accessible, reliable and accepted.
But in an industry that so often reacts, it's essential to take a proactive approach. Professional AND personal skills will need to adapt in this changing world.
Register at https://zoom.us/j/99147599471 and join us on the 25 November between 13:00 and 15:30 UK time to discuss this and more, and hear from the following contributors;
Rosie Wainwright, Business Development Manager, Career Ready
Rosie will talk about the work being done to help young people make the transition from school to work
Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director, Talent in Logistics
Presenting the results of recent research, Ruth will talk about employee engagement and how this can positively impact employee retention in the workplace, particularly in the context of truck drivers
Ewa Ptaszynska, Deputy Head of Unit at European Commission, DG MOVE
Ewa will present the results of research into the effect of level 5 automation on the labour market in the EU and US, highlight the policy recommendations for mitigating the negative impacts of level 5 automation and the recommendations to ensure smooth transition of the affected workforce
Moncef Semichi, Deputy Director, Department of Studies and Projects, AFT DEV Transport and Logistics
Moncef will provide an overview of the next stage of the project, developing a career pathway. He will highlight the objectives and reinforce the importance of stakeholder engagement