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Friday 26th June 2009

RoSPA pilots workshop for young drivers at work

RoSPA is looking for organisations to pilot its Driving for Work workshops, which have been developed to tackle concerns that young people are not equipped for driving at work.

A study conducted as part of RoSPA’s Young Drivers at Work project found that more than 60% of employers felt the current system of learner training and testing did not adequately prepare young people to drive as part of their job.

RoSPA will initially pilot 10 interactive workshops, which are designed to be delivered in-company to groups of 10-15 young drivers. It will then use feedback from the sessions to develop free training guides so that employers can run similar events for their own staff.

Duncan Vernon, RoSPA road safety manager, said: “It is clear that further support is needed for young drivers at work, and employers have indicated they prefer face-to-face workshops as a way of giving that support.

“Many young drivers are currently required to drive in a context for which they are not adequately prepared, and these workshops offer a chance to address some of the issues they face.

“Journey planning, hazard awareness and the causes of work accidents will be examined, as will ways of influencing the attitudes of young drivers.”

For further information contact Duncan Vernon on 0121 248 2078.

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