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Online fleet training brings learning opportunity during lockdown, says AFP

Fleets can use the current lockdown to enhance their learning to help tackle current and forthcoming sector-based challenges, from changing legislation and tax regulations, to new technologies and Clean Air Zones.

Peter Eldridge, sales & marketing director, ICFM

Peter Eldridge, sales & marketing director, ICFM

That’s the call from the newly created Association of Fleet Professionals (AFP) – which merges the ACFO and ICFM operations and includes training under the new Fleet Academy branding.

Already, the AFP has said it’s anticipating a membership boom, with demand for its online distance learning courses increasing as the coronavirus pandemic bites.

Taking over the training banner from ICFM, the organisation offers both its Introductory Certificate in Car Fleet Management and Intermediate Certificate levels in Car and LCV Fleet Management programmes as online distance learning courses.

Only its Diploma (Advanced Level) Programme is exclusively tutor-based; in the light of UK Government advice and guidance, the classroom-based training for that course and for the Certificate course has provisionally been banned until September and will be updated in line with prevailing government guidance.

Fleet Academy sales and marketing director Peter Eldridge said: “The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is having a seemingly unprecedented in at least a generation impact on the world generally and the fleet industry as a whole.

“The Fleet Academy is committed to providing online courses that take into account the limitations on travel and social gathering that we are all facing, and will continue to do so over the coming months.”

He added: “The fleet industry and employee learning cannot grind to a halt amid all the sector-based challenges faced.

“The Fleet Academy is fully geared up to further enhance the skills and abilities of all employees with fleet responsibility and those working in the supply side of the industry as we all seek to overcome the new work and personal challenges imposed on us all by the coronavirus pandemic.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.