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AA DriveTech teach new employees to drive

Employers taking on young members of staff without an existing licence, but who may be required to drive as part of their work duties in future, can now hand responsibility for their graduation to qualified driver over to AA DriveTech.

Under the Young Driving Employees Scheme, AA DriveTech will manage the entire driver training process.

“We believe that this fully managed scheme will be of huge benefit to organisations who traditionally recruit large numbers of apprentices.” says Paul Holmes, director of the FleetSafe division of AA DriveTech.

“Employers can be assured that not only is the tuition of the highest calibre but also that their employees are being managed by occupational driving experts. It’s far more involved than just getting them through the test.

“Once qualified the new business driver can then enter the type of driver risk management programme that any responsible employer should be implementing in order to comply with health and safety legislation, discharge duty of care responsibilities and follow best business practice. We have several clients that are doing just this, Royal Mail, British Gas and BSkyB amongst them.

“This would typically consist of regular driving licence checks, annual online risk assessments, practical and online training where necessary, post incident reviews linked to specific refresher training and ongoing support and advice.

“For this particular scheme any post test defensive driver training would be specifically geared to this age group, and also would include eco-driving techniques. This is the only way to drive down cost in the long run.”

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