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Fleet decision-makers respond to our campaign

FLEET decision-makers with responsibility for thousands of vehicles worth more than £60 million have called for help with training through the Fleet News/Fleet NewsNet Get Trained campaign.

Their responses follow the launch last week of our new campaign, designed to encourage employers to give fleet decision-makers the support they need in their jobs. Fleets ranging in size from just three vehicles to several hundred are represented in our growing list of requests for training.

Demands range from understanding finance, to wholelife costs, health and safety, driver management, cost control, a beginners guide to fleet administration and how to monitor vehicle running costs. Among the comments of fleet decision-makers were several who admitted that they had 'stumbled into the job' and needed all the help they could get.

Fleet decision-makers logged on to www.fleetnewsnet.co.uk, to register their training needs. Anyone with responsibility for fleet decision-making can take part, from secretaries to fleet managers, human resources executives, finance directors and even company managing directors.

Once we have compiled a list of demands, we will work with training providers to ensure that they are offering courses to suit the requirements highlighted by the campaign. We will then let fleet decision-makers know about the courses available that might meet their needs.

Our campaign is part of a growing wave of demands for employers to take workplace training more seriously.

Earlier this year, the Trades Union Congress welcomed news that the Government was making £9 million available for new training courses and promote new learning centres.

TUC General Secretary Elect Brendan Barber says: 'Unions are ideally placed to co-ordinate workplace learning activities. Employers are keen to forge learning relationships with unions because of their in-depth knowledge of the workforce, and workers are more likely to feel confident about signing up for courses that their union is running.'

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