Knowles's drivers complete Train the Trainer

Two Knowles drivers have completed the Train the Trainer programme, enabling them to complete an assessment on drivers to become more fuel efficient and safer.

Driver trainer Dene Hill and driver training manager Paul Boon will now also give feedback on the three-day course so it can be tweaked for future applicants.

The Train the Trainer programme is just a part of Knowles’s training strategy which also features the Warehouse to Wheels programme which encourages young drivers and warehouse operatives to enter into a 13-month training course that will see them become truck drivers.

The training was undertaken through Wisbech-based Coopers Transport Services (CTS) which offers driver training and a range of transport training courses, including OLAC and Driver CPC.

Alex Knowles, managing director at Knowles Transport: “We are consistently updating and developing our training programmes to ensure our drivers are fully qualified as per the latest legislation. The Train a Trainer programme further develops Knowles capabilities and allows us to dispatch our team to external companies in order to train their teams bringing in further revenue for the company.”

Knowles is now looking to expand its training schemes with a transport manager apprenticeship programme where they will be working with office staff with the aim of them achieving a transport management certificate. The course is a 12-month apprenticeship and covers drivers’ hours, finances, national and international road movement and how to be compliant. It consists of a two-week physical course along with an assessment with coaching throughout the year.

CTS is currently working with Knowles to develop further courses focusing on leadership training, management and warehouse supervisors.

Other initiatives in the pipeline include health and safety, banksman training, manual handling and fire marshal training.

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