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Occupational driving assessment course available
RoSPA is making a course available for company employees responsible for assessing and mentoring fleet drivers to improve performance.
After assisting energy company, SSE with improving driving standards across its large fleet of 7500 vehicles which cover over 40 million miles annually, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), decided to develop a course that would help other fleet operators to improve driver safety.
The result was the “Driving Mentor and Assessor Programme”, which is now available from RoSPA to help company fleet managers to improve their assessment and mentoring skills of drivers.
Lasting five days, the course includes group exercises, in-vehicle training sessions and the RoSPA Occupational Road Test. Role playing exercises are designed to improve skills in the identification, analysis and provision of support to drivers who need to undergo further development to improve their skills.
Commenting on the aim of the new course, RoSPA’s Colin Knight said, “It will enable delegates to positively change driver behaviour within their organisation by taking responsibility for assessing and feeding back to drivers and management on critical issues.”
Providing further information on the course content, Knight continued, “Delegates will gain an understanding of the human factors that contribute to the occupational road risks that drivers are exposed to every day. The mentoring part of this course is a real game changer, as qualifying mentors are equipped with the skills to work closely with drivers and managers to develop driver improvement programmes within their company.”
After successfully completing the course, attendees will receive certification demonstrating that they have passed the RoSPA Occupational Advanced Driving Test and RoSPA’s Driver Assessing and Mentoring Tests.