BAR Training Services is the leading provider of training and learning solutions
for the removals industry and removals-related businesses, offering a raft of
high-quality and affordable courses online, at its offices at BAR headquarters
and a network of Approved Training Centres (ATCs) across the UK.
Putting training back on track
Like most businesses, BAR Training Services has been challenged by the Covid-19
pandemic, writes BAR Training Manager Stephen Thorp. Many removals firms put
training on the back seat under lockdown even though employees can undertake
training while furloughed.
We have already made significant headway on
returning our portfolio of bespoke training offerings
and our wide network of BAR Approved Training Centres
(ATC) to full operation in order to support the personal
development of BAR Member staff at a time when
professional standards and robust safety procedures are
more important than ever.
Virtual training courses
Covid-19 has changed the training landscape for the
foreseeable future, and until the threat is mitigated we
need to adapt accordingly. We plan to implement our
training portfolio through two key channels: via online,
virtual methods and through safe classroom-based
training at BAR headquarters in Watford.
Since lockdown, a large number of businesses have
turned to web-technology such as Zoom to facilitate
face-to-face meetings at a safe distance. At the time of
writing in early August, BAR Training Services was busy
determining which of its offerings can be effectively
delivered over virtual means. There is certainly scope to
provide our knowledge-based and informational courses
(including management skills and statutory training)
online, even if the skills-focussed side of the portfolio
(such as manual handling and other operator skills
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training) still requires physical delivery to ensure quality
and value for money for Members and their staff.
Safe classroom training
In collaboration with the BAR Young Movers Group,
BAR Training Services will be piloting a classroom
training course on video surveying at Watford this
month (see page 35 of this issue). This will allow
us to rehearse our new, stringent health and safety
guidelines before opening up the skills development side
of the training portfolio in line with social distancing
measures in the near future. All going well, we will also
be rolling out the virtual survey course to the wider BAR
Membership in both classroom and online formats from
Driver CPC and e-learning
BAR Training Services also intends to start delivering
our Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)
periodic training from October to ensure Members
remain compliant with regulatory requirements.
The BAR has always recommended that drivers
complete seven hours of DCPC training per year, rather
than ‘back-end’ the training to the final year or years
of their five-year entitlement. This makes it easier to
plan and budget for, and also saves the stress of trying to
remain compliant at the eleventh hour.
In addition, drivers should not repeat the same Driver
CPC periodic training course unless there is a specific
need. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)
will take action against operators it believes have
knowingly allowed a driver to repeat courses, such as by
revoking the driver’s periodic training hours or driver
qualification card (DQC).
It should also be noted that the DVSA recently made
changes to the DCPC training regime that allow for 12
of the 35 hours to be electronic learning (e-learning).
This means that DCPC delegates can now complete up
to two hours of a seven-hour course remotely outside
the classroom or training centre. The classroom part of
the DCPC course must cover the remaining five hours.
For more information,
contact BAR Training
Manager Stephen Thorp at
on 01923 699496.
Transport Manager CPC refresher training
BAR Training Services will be hosting a two-day Transport Manager Certificate of
Professional Competence (CPC) refresher course in October. The course, which has been
rescheduled from May this year, provides important training for staff who are responsible
for the Operator’s (O) Licence within their organisation.
Covering all key areas of responsibility for Transport Managers, the course has been
designed to meet the Traffic Commissioners’ expectations around continual professional
Duration: Two days Date: 27-28 October
Venue: BAR headquarters, Watford
Price (per person): BAR Member: £395 + VAT; non-Member: £495 + VAT
Price includes tuition, course materials and refreshments.
To request a booking form, email Stephen Thorp at email@example.com