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Update for 'Basic Fleet Management' course

Fleet Audits’ have updated their “Basic Fleet Management” course, which will have its first showing in early February.

The course addresses the key priorities for those responsible for “fleet management” within organisations. The various sessions and modules over the 2-day course offer a soundly-based, logical introduction to good fleet management practices – now also extending into more general “business mobility management” areas to reflect the evolving market.

The syllabus covers the many different ways for organisations to move people, goods and services on the roads. By illustrating the rich choice available in the market-place, and by relating these to the key priorities of the individual businesses, the course sets out clear cost-reduction opportunities for all delegates.

 Stewart Whyte, managing director of Fleet Audits Limited said: “Naturally it has developed and evolved over the years to keep the various content modules fresh and relevant to the times. This re-write is probably the most extensive ever, as it extends to latest vehicle technologies and emerging ‘alternative’ fuels, the increasing role of telematics, salary sacrifice schemes and grey fleet management, all based on a well-proven story-line that keeps each topic relevant to the key needs of the end-user fleet organisation.”

Against that, some areas now need lower focus at the BFM level: maintenance management for example, while still vital, offers less variability now as against 10 – 15 years ago, largely due to the huge strides in design, manufacture and build quality of vehicles, further backed by longer and more comprehensive warranties. Plus, a large percentage of fleets have some level of outsourcing to support this cost area.

No prior expertise is assumed or required for the course, which aims to provide – in simple, non-technical language - the key skills needed for modern fleet management. It is essentially a course on efficient and cost-effective business mobility, rather than on policy and strategy.

The course runs over 2 full taught days, and features a highly interactive tuition style. “Over the years we have seen so many examples of the delegates teaching and supporting each other.” said Whyte. “Even people totally new to the fleet business can contribute – often they have innovative ideas exactly because they have no ‘bad habits’ in their experience.”

The first outing of the updated syllabus is in Reigate (Surrey) on Tuesday 4th/ Wednesday 5th February. A few places are still available although numbers are limited to ensure good interaction with all delegates.

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