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Targeting driver training.

NEW Teesside training company Learning in Logistics (LIL) hopes to improve standards in the logistics sector by offering training in areas such as driving skills, fuel efficiency and transporting hazardous goods. The company was set up as part of the newly-restructured Nicholson Group in June, and hopes to benefit from the 82,300 people in the North East who operate vehicles commercially. LIL managing director John Craig said: "The number of people who drive as part of their job is huge - people tend to just think of bus and lorry drivers, but there are delivery teams, council employees and contract workers too. There's very little requirement for assessment of skills so, inevitably, we have the perception of the 'white van man' as unprofessional and taking risks on the road.

"At LIL, we want to improve the image of drivers, especially those within small businesses."

LIL is currently partnering with several North East councils and is working with insurance broker Hendersons to offer financial incentives to operators that take action and training to reduce accidents.

It has also teamed up with Hartlepool College of Further Education to offer an additional Driver Continuous Professional Competency qualification to lorry and bus drivers. It is holding a full-day safe loading and securing course as part of the qualification in Billingham on August 14.

Craig said: "The vast majority of businesses in this sector are very small so they don't necessarily know what to look for when recruiting new drivers.

"We are providing that service by helping employers to deliver the correct training and to implement procedures for recruiting suitably-qualified drivers.

"We also offer operations training to give office-based staff awareness of the legislation around the carriage of dangerous goods and what documentation they need."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2010
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