Volvo Group Southern Africa has invested R1.9 million in the advanced development and training of 20 unemployed commercial vehicle drivers.
Locally, this programme is supported by Volvo Group brands Volvo Trucks and UD Trucks, with product-specific training provided by the brands’ highly-skilled driver trainers. “We are very proud to be able to make a tangible contribution to the development of the local transport industry. With an acute need for qualified and skilled drivers, we believe this programme will start to address this industry-wide problem in a very practical yet impactful way,” says Marcus
Hörberg, vice-president of Volvo Group Southern Africa. The first intake of drivers started their learnership in July 2018, and after they have completed Linebooker the 12-month learnership in June 2019, will graduate with a National Certificate in Professional Driving from the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) in Bredell.
The qualification, which is approved by the Transport Education Training Authority, is based on both theoretical and practical modules. “Learnerships are not new, however the alignment of new knowledge and its application in the workplace differentiates this programme,” says Nicci Scott, founder of CTA. “We purposefully select unit standards that speak to stakeholder management, be it the customer, the employer or the driver’s role in acting responsibly, with safety as the key focus. “Additionally, we ensure that via our strategic partnership with Trucklogix, our learners spend a minimum of 400 hours driving over four seasons and across nine provinces.”