Company car drivers at Reach become first in the UK to take goods transport NVQ
The company's car drivers have become the first in the UK to go through the Carriage and Delivery of Goods Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) programme – normally employed for professional van and truck drivers.
As a result, its sales teams have already seen a considerable improvement in their risk profile: the 200 drivers who were selected have gone through the NVQ programme have already demonstrated accident rates 35% lower than those who haven’t, as well as lower incident costs on average.
The risk management initiative was set up by Essential Risk Consultancy (ERC). As part of ERC’s ongoing risk management work with Reach, its experts found that many of the latter’s drivers had accidents similar to those encountered by van and truck drivers – often due to vehicles heavily loaded with product samples and sales material.
ERC was therefore able to obtain NVQ funding from the Learning Skills Council and take those drivers through formal, externally accredited training specifically designed to address their fleet risk issues.
Peter Handscomb, financial director of Reach, said: 'We’ve been working with ERC for some time to help reduce our fleet risk and the NVQ programme for car drivers is an extremely important next step.
'ERC was able to identify risk similarities between our employees and HGV drivers and has created a unique and highly innovative method of managing that risk. The initial results are very positive and will provide enhanced safety for our employees while driving, as well as ensuring our accident rates and costs continue to decline.'