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Press release | March 2019
A specialist North West manufacturer of skips and containers has teamed up with TTC Group to educate their workforce on the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Glosta Engineering, which employs 30 people at its factory in Radcliffe, signed up for the Driver Personal Performance course as part of its pro-active commitment to training and development.
Right decision: Glosta Engineering workers enjoyed their training
All staff attended the half-day workshop, which delivered an insight into alcohol, reaction times whilst impaired by drugs and the potentially devastating effects of breaking the law.
The educational element of the course was brought to life by real-life examples and relating stories back to the fact that similar dangers exist when driving forklift trucks or operating smaller machinery as they do when driving on the roads.
“Our business is growing rapidly and we want to attract and retain the best staff, so training – covering lots of different areas and personal development opportunities – is essential,” explained Susan Moore, Strategic Development and Conformity Manager at Glosta Engineering.
“We met TTC Group at an exhibition and we were immediately impressed with the ability to take a really important message and put in into a format and language our staff would relate to.”
She added: “I wasn’t disappointed. The delivery of the training, presentation methods and clarity of information were all superb.
“Driving whilst being impaired is a serious issue and, whilst our employees have always been engaged, the positive response we received after the training reinforced the fact we had made the right decision. They felt safe to discuss their individual decisions and readily took part in exercises and asked questions.
“For instance, stats like you are 21% more slower in your reaction time if you’ve been smoking cannabis and 13% if you are using a mobile phone were really thought-provoking.”
TTC Group is the UK’s leading learning and development company, working with the public and private sector to improve personal and professional knowledge around driving and fleet management, educating nearly 500,000 drivers and riders every year.
The company works with hundreds of businesses providing access to specialist training, interactive workshops, tailored courses and its recently launched Continuum online platform.
This is designed to reduce liability and risk to fleets, improving the driving skills of employees by using customised training for each driver based on a ‘risk score’ and their individual development needs.
Andy Wheeler, Business Development Director at TTC Group, said: “We listen to what companies want and shape the training around those requirements – utilising the expertise of our staff and harnessing the benefits of technology.
“We use the best trainers and you can tell that from the response we had from Glosta Engineering, addressing a very difficult subject in a way that got people engaged.”
He added: “We have subsequently worked with Sue and her team in the North West to provide a series of courses for HGVs drivers, which gives them 35 hours of CPC-accredited training. The staff are broadening their skills and the company should benefit from safer drivers and fewer incidents when completing their day-to-day jobs.”
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