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The van driving apprentice;

This short programme designed to complement, add value and enhance an apprenticeship trade programme now incorporates the British Safety Council level 2 QCF award in Safe Driving at Work.

The in-vehicle element of the programme will now include an Energy Saving Trust, Eco driving certificate showing fuel saving and pollution reducing driving skills.
These additional qualifications, plus Leonardo's certificate for successful course completion will be very impressive additions to any apprentices CV.

‘The Van driving apprentice’ is available as a short, additional added value home / self-learning package to be completed alongside their trade apprenticeship programme in the student’s own time and at their working pace. It is also available as a classroom addition to the in-house or in college trade apprenticeship delivery programme. The classroom deliver will require two, approximately five hours in classroom sessions with a small amount of homework plus a three hour in-vehicle session. The use of an employer’s vehicle will be very beneficial for this section of the programme.

The programme covers all aspects of van safety, van legalities, van loading, plus safe, legal and fuel efficient driving that will benefit the environment, the employer and the trade person’s employability.

·         Daily vehicle checks

·         Weight limits, work out your loading limits

·         Distribution and security of the load

·         Vehicle dynamics

·         How kinetic energy effects the load and the drivers safety

·         Powers of VOSA and road traffic law

·         Van speed limits

·         Hazards, inside and outside

·         Safe eco-friendly driving

·         Road rage and anger management

The self-learning package consists of a CD with a PowerPoint programme of the course. There is a book explaining and expanding on each slide in the presentation. Additional underpinning knowledge plus advice on reading materials and web sites to visit for the views and guidance of experts is also available in the pack. A Department for Transport ‘Van Best Practice’ Driver essentials pack is also included together with ‘The Energy Saving Trust’ ecodriving information.