How the certificate adds value to the training bus, coach and lorry drivers receive.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) which took place in 2013 was a project that enabled bus, coach and lorry drivers to gain national recognition through the CQFW for the knowledge they gained through mandatory training. Discussions with employers and drivers in Wales showed a desire to have formal recognition within qualification frameworks for this training; to add value to the driver’s periodic training experience and support the industry goal of raising levels of self-esteem and professionalism in the sector. The project developed nine CQFW units mapped against the most popular Periodic Training subjects currently offered by employers and training organisations in Wales.
Progress and outcomes
The beneficial outcomes of the project included that employees gained national recognition of the knowledge they had gained in their periodic training. This was significant because many drivers had not engaged in any form of training for some time and may have left school with few academic qualifications. The recognition of the training via CQFW credit reinforced the status and value of the training programmes drivers were following and helped to develop their confidence to undertake further training and qualifications. Further, employers believe that linking periodic training to recognised qualifications would raise the profile and status of employment in the sector and add value that enhances the Driver CPC periodic training offer in Wales. Employers also reap the reward of up-skilled and motivated drivers, and the project contributed to the industry ambition to raise the professional status of the 5,200 professional bus/coach drivers and around 13,100 Large Goods Vehicle drivers in Wales.
Source: The Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales: A qualitative review of its impact