The new fast-track programme launched as an alternative and not a replacement for the current Certificate-level programme is designed to encourage more fleet industry employees to gain recognised qualifications. 'We have a steady trickle of people taking Certificate qualifications but we want to turn that into a flow,' said Institute training chief Steve Hook.
The fast-track syllabus covers all the principles of the distance learning programme in one two-day module and two three-day modules costing a total of £1,200. The ICFM has three qualification levels - introductory, certificate and diploma - but, said Hook: 'The bulk of people are sticking at Certificate level and they need impetus to move on and complete Certificate modules and undertake Diploma courses. Part of that is due to their own workload and personal circumstances and by providing a fast-track alternative we are providing flexibility.'
Hopes are high that at least 10 people will start the first module next month. The ICFM is to look at the possibility of offering refresher courses as well as seminars and one-day workshops. Further details from Lynn Eldridge at ICFM (01844 261828) or Steve Hook (01769 520609).