TRAINING: More opportunities for tanker drivers
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) are reporting an increase in the number of oil distributors taking up their Driver CPC training.
Representing the majority of oil distribution companies in Great Britain, the FPS’ scheme is designed to provide fuel distribution drivers with the specialist knowledge of tankers that other general haulage CPC courses do not.
Since its launch in 2009, the FPS have had more than 3,300 tanker drivers undertaking the training.
Training sessions are held across the UK at regional centres where companies can send their drivers; alternatively, the FPS offer to train groups of drivers in-house.
Keith Ashton, Driver CPC Co-ordinator at the FPS, said: “FPS is committed to providing the best possible training for its members through the Driver CPC Scheme.
“The new courses we are offering through our restructured CPC Training are purpose-designed to give extra choice and flexibility to end users with 3.5hour modules in a ‘mix and match’ format to enable members to build a full day’s training to meet the individual needs of the company and its drivers.”
The modules cover: Spillage Prevention & Loading, Discharge & Product Return, Working at Heights and Ladder Training, Manual Handling, Health & Safety, First Aid, Fire Safety, Drivers Hours, Driving, Accidents, SAFED, PPE, Spill Response, Site Risk Assessment, PPG & Marine Deliveries, Forecourt Deliveries and Caring for the Environment, Emergency Response and Security.
Any two training modules may be used together to comply with the 7hour training day prescribed in the Driver CPC.
Each training day can take up to 20 delegates at a time and they are designed to deliver maximum benefits for drivers with minimal disruption to business.
Mr Ashton added: “It is a fundamental part of the FPS Driver CPC course to deal with all the issues that drivers of fuel tankers have to consider day in and day out, as well as equipping them with more generalised HGV knowledge.
“This will be continued with the new 3.5hour modules.”
FPS are responsible for deliveries of almost all the home heating oil used in Great Britain, in addition to marine, agricultural, commercial, industrial and forecourt deliveries.