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roadshow to explain DVSA drive on training standards

The DVSA is launching a two-pronged drive to improve standards of PTW training.

At a recent conference held by Airso (Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers) in Hinckley, the agency announced it is introduce spot checks at CBT training schools to weed out cowboy trainers and introduce standard checks to identify schools operating good practice.

Delegates were addressed by Mark Winn, head of Motorcycle Rider Product Development at the DVSA, who explained the spot checks were a pilot scheme and that the standard checks – already in force for driving instructors – would help the department identify motorcycle training schools that deserved “earned recognition” for their high standards.

On the subject of standard checks, Winn explained that the DVSA wanted to promote good training schools and to help the public identify them. To that end, from January 2016, DVSA inspectors would be focusing on how trainers were delivering CBTs and whether they were doing this through a “client-centred learning” approach.

New standards checks will highlight areas of strengths more clearly, looking for a high level of competence in three areas.

1          Lesson planning 

2          risk management

3          teaching and learning strategies

Each of the three higher level areas of competency will be scored, with 17 areas being scored in total. An instructor found to be unsatisfactory in one of the three main areas would fail the check.

There will be an opportunity to find out more about the standards checks at a series of DVSA road shows at multi-purpose test centres around the UK.

The roadshows will be focusing on the following subjects:

o             revised instructor standards check

o             client-centred CBT

o             unannounced visits

o             legislative changes

There will be two one hour-long sessions at each event – at 4:30pm and 6.00pm – and the schedule is as follows:

Date      Venue  Address

2 November       Birmingham (Garretts Green) Granby Aveneue, Garretts Green, Birmingham, B33 0TJ

3 November       Darlington           High Point Business Park, Yarm Road, Darlington, Durham, DL1 4PW

4 November       Edinburgh (Musselburgh)            Scotland Newhailes Industrial Estate, Newhailes Road, Olivebank, City of Edinburgh, EH21 6SJ

5 November       Manchester (Bredbury)                Lingard Lane, Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire, SK6 2QT

16 November    Peterborough   Second Drove, Fengate, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5XA

17 November    Mitcham              Redhouse Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR0 3AQ

18 November    Exeter   Thorveton Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8FS

19 November    Newport              Stephenson Street (off Corporation Road), Liswerry, Newport, Gwent, NP19 4XH

20 November    Enfield  Solar Way, Innova Park Business Centre, Enfield, Greater London, EN3 7XY

Please note that places are limited, and available only on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in attending then please email [email protected] with the location, and preferred timeslot and your contact details and we’ll get back to you shortly.

 

 

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