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Career development: Moving up the career ladder absolutely free

NOTHING much comes free these days, making it tough for fleet managers on a limited budget to take up additional training.

The majority of courses cost money, so unless fleet decision-makers work for a company with a generous approach to finances it can be difficult to progress with additional education.

However, there are several free resources to help fleet managers improve their personal development and expand their job skills. We have picked out some of the best.

Fedex & BRAKE road safety academy

THE road safety academy is run through a series of workshops and covers topics such as Health & Safety Executive guidance, driver assessment and monitoring, reporting and recording crash data. The training by the road safety charity is free to fleet managers and takes a day to complete at locations throughout the country.

  • www.brake.org.uk.

    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

    RoSPA offers several free resources. It is currently inviting Scottish fleets to a free breakfast briefing on health and safety and workplace transport. This is being held in Glasgow on September 29.

    The safety group is also offering a new scheme designed to help organisations assess where they are now and where they need to be in terms of health and safety and performance.

    Fleet managers can complete an online questionnaire which then entitles them to access free telephone advice.

  • www.rospa.com/selfassess

    Energy Saving Trust (EST)

    EST offers free best practice travel advice aimed at fleets which want to reduce costs, cut vehicle emissions and minimise traffic problems.

    Up to two hours of free telephone consultancy are provided to identify areas of which could benefit from a free fleet health check.

    The consultant assesses the efficiency of the fleet and suggests ways of saving money through a green action plan. Fleets with more than 50 vehicles could qualify for three days of free advice from an independent expert.

  • www.est.org.uk/fleet/healthcheck

    Management Standards Centre

    THIS Government recognised standards body for management and leadership has been engaged in a publicly funded project to develop a new set of National Occupational Standards (NOS). These describe the level of performance required by fleet managers for a range of management and leadership functions and activities.

    Managers can use the standards to evaluate the skills they need for several management tasks, evaluate the skills they already have and identify the skills they will need in the future. The Centre’s online resource provides units which can be studied, enabling fleets to manage resources, personal development and develop networks.

  • www.management-standards.org

    The Institute of Car Fleet Management (ICFM)

    THE ICFM offers several free resources for fleet managers which are members of the group.

    There is a national conference held once a year covering topics related to fleets and an online guide to fleet management is also available free of charge online.

    The ICFM also has limited spaces available for free bursaries for its training courses. After fleet managers have become members of the body those who are not in a position to fund the course can apply for a scholarship scheme.

    Several courses are available covering various aspects of fleet management including a diploma in car fleet management.

  • www.icfmonline.co.uk
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