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Mercedes-Benz Driver Training Associate of the Year

Mercedes-Benz Driver Training Associate of the Year

Congratulations to Tameside College - Driver Training Team, Brian Saxon, Scott Langham, Peter Harrison, Ian Matthews and Daniel Coombs who were presented with the inaugural trophy for Driver Training Associate of the Year by General Manager, Adam Slater and CPC Project Manager, Mark Blackledge from Mercedes-Benz UK Limited. The award was presented as part of the Training Associate Annual Conference held at Wentworth Park in Barnsley.

“We are pleased to award this trophy to Tameside College driver training team who, over this last year, have been enthusiastic, keen and a pleasure to work with”. Mark Blackledge, CPC Project Manager.

The team deliver the ‘The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence’ (CPC) at Tameside College and are able to use the specially converted Mercedes Actros, Axor and the Atego during the 5 days of training.  Efficiency on the road isn’t just about vehicle performance - it’s about driver performance and the Driver Training Team draws on many years of training experience and provide guidance on how to operate a commercial vehicle in the most efficient way possible.

The CPC became a legal requirement for everyone operating an LGV over 3.5 tonnes from September 2009 and all professional drivers (new and existing drivers) must complete a total of 35 hours Periodic Training every 5 years following their "acquired rights" or Initial Qualification to keep their Driver CPC valid. Existing drivers must complete their Periodic Training by September 2013 (PCV) and September 2014 (LGV). 

Winning the award coincided with the launch of the new Tameside College Driver Training website, www.tcdrivertraining.co.uk. The site offers advice and guidance for professional drivers seeking to improve their skills and meet required standards and legislation. The site also includes course information, a FAQ section and a countdown clock to the September 2014 (LGV) training deadline.

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