Driver training specialist Fleet Source is continuing its work to ensure fleets are not hit with a growing backlog of Driver CPC training during and after the coronavirus lockdown.
The DVSA’s decision to suspend classroom courses has led some fleets to fear that, once travel restrictions are lifted, there will be greater demand for Driver CPC than the specialist training industry can supply – at a critical time for the logistics industry to get our economy moving again. Research carried out by Fleet Source, and currently being collated, has also seen fleet operators express concerns about the possibility of price increases as a knock-on effect of the impact of supply issues.
But Fleet Source CEO Nick Caesari has said the business is pulling out all the stops to plan for business life after lockdown, despite having to counter the challenges of lockdown itself, with its senior management team working from home and many staff furloughed; moves made by many businesses across the sector.
Already, the business has launched a TV-based training solution ‘Fleet Source Live’ across its Driver CPC classroom course offering, gaining approval from the DVSA for a ‘Livecast’ programme of interactive content, designed to give delegates a much more engaging experience than traditional webinar solutions. The first course went live on 8 April, with a number of the company’s longer-term clients recording great feedback from its work-from-home delegate base.
Fleet Source now plans a livestream news and industry information service from its Letchworth office, where clients can dip in and out of training talks and sector updates.
Nick Caesari said: “We’re doing everything we can to support the industry through and beyond this crisis and maintaining the highest quality training at the most affordable prices is a crucial part of that support. Many of our long-term clients are rewarding us for that commitment, by entering into long-term contracts, protecting themselves from the price increases which will be an inevitable consequence of an industry recouping its lockdown-period losses.”
The firm’s work on supporting clients post lockdown will also be supported by its Essentials range of courses for fleet operators, which were launched just prior to the social distancing measures and bring Driver CPC training costs down to as little as £350 per course – or just £14.58 per driver.
“That announcement struck a real chord with the industry and bookings are in place for the latter end of this year,” said Caesari. “In the interim, our Fleet Source Live solution is helping to ensure that the growing backlog of driver CPC training does not impact clients’ businesses post this crisis and during the vital business recovery period.
“Ours is a dynamic industry working very hard to meet current challenges and prepare for the future beyond Covid-19. We’ll do everything we can to work with them to deliver the right solutions to meet their needs.”