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Working with the HGV industry on recent vocational test changes

18 Nov 2021

Online meetings have become normal practice for many businesses since the start of the pandemic and the DVSA say they are no different and have held regular webinars to update trainers with information on their activities. An example of this is the vocational test webinars where forthcoming changes and what that will mean for businesses were explained.

In many ways, our The DVSA understand that their engagement and communications with stakeholders and trainers will have a domino effect in many ways, so it is vital to get this right.

They are supporting trainers applying to carry out the off-road manoeuvre part of the vocational test which will allow 500 more of these tests a week to be provided and in turn will benefit vehicles operators needing more HGV drivers at this critical time and in the future.

DVSA say they have learnt a lot from the webinars they have run on changes to the vocational test and that they have also taken on board feedback from attendees to help them to improve future webinars. They asked attendees to complete a short survey after the webinar to make sure they were covering the right topics and areas of interest.  The results were that 72% of HGV trainers said they found the content useful, 90% said they would recommend them to other trainers and 94% of them would like to attend future webinars.

The DVSA are keen to make sure the vocational test changes go as smoothly as possible and are currently processing application forms from organisations who have applied for approval to provide Driver CPC part 3a tests. They will also need to get their sites and assessors approved.

Watch for further webinars on the DVSA Blog at  https://movingon.blog.gov.uk/