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Virtue Recruitment Services - The Training Academy

Virtue Recruitment Services are very pleased to announce the official launch of our HGV Driver Training Academy in January 2017.

With our in-house qualified trainers, we are now able to offer driver training on areas such as Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Ron Hutchison), Cargo Security Training (Jim McCall) and come the spring we will be adding A.D.R certification (Ron Hutchison) to the syllabus.

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Driving alongside tractor-trailer trucks is a part of everyday travel for most of us. However, many motorists don’t realise that big trucks have blind spots and erroneously assume that by being higher up, the truck driver must be able to see them. Many drivers, especially newer ones, don’t know where a trucker’s blind spots are, which can lead to dangerous incidents in which the passenger car, cyclist or pedestrian bears the brunt of the outcome.

Know where all the truck’s blind spots are. A blind spot is where the driver loses sight of other vehicles.Understanding the location and scope of each blind spot or “no zone” can help you avoid them.
  • There is a blind spot directly behind the truck. There is a “no zone” on each side of the truck that can span for several lanes.
  • There is a blind spot in front of the truck that encompasses the lane the truck is in and one lane to the right.
  • There is a blind spot beside both of the truck’s doors
Be patient. When sharing the road with trucks, it’s important to drive carefully and to realise that trucks cannot manoeuvre quickly in an emergency situation. Being patient is as important as knowing where the truck’s blind spots are.

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Compliance 1;

Subject: D – CPC (Module 1)

Duration: 7 hours


  • The Driver CPC
  • Health and Safety
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Spot the Hazards
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Manual Handling
  • Guideline Weights for Manual Handling whilst Standing
  • Guideline Weights for Manual Handling whilst Seated
  • Team Lifting / Two Person Lifting
  • Safe Lifting
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Working with Equipment – Pallet Trucks
  • Working with Equipment – Forklift Trucks
  • Working with Equipment – Tail Lifts
  • Working at Height
  • Site Rules
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Hazards during Refuelling
  • Reporting Incidents and Illnesses
  • Incidents and Near Miss Philosophy
  • Understanding Driving Hazards
  • Dealing with RTIs
  • Are you fit to drive?
  • Seat Belts
  • Load Security and Distribution
  • Curtain Sided Trailer Safety
  • Principles of Load Safety
  • Environmental Risks in the Transport Workplace
  • Case Studies

Compliance 2;


Subject: D – CPC (Module 2)

Duration: 7 hours



  • Operator licensing
  • Occupational road risk
  • Parking our vehicle
  • Taking action following an incident
  • Sketching an incident
  • Occupational road risk quiz
  • Drivers’ hours
  • EU regulations
  • Drivers’ hours examples
  • Breaks from driving
  • Daily rest periods
  • Multi-manning
  • Weekly rest periods
  • Special cases
  • Domestic GB rules
  • Working time regulations
  • Drivers’ hours quiz
  • Drivers’ scheduling exercise
  • Record keeping
  • Analogue tachographs
  • Rules common to all tachographs
  • Tachograph exercise
  • Digital tachographs
  • Digital tachograph system overview
  • Common tachograph types
  • Smart cards
  • Digital tachograph operation
  • Daily printouts
  • General requirements of drivers
  • Vehicle checks and defects
  • Vehicle checks
  • Inspections and roadside checks
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Customer care
  • Understanding your customers
  • Delivering service excellence
  • Creating a favourable impression
  • Communicating successfully

Compliance 3;


Subject: D – CPC (Module 3)

Duration: 7 hours


Part 1: Terrorism 

  1. What is terrorism?

Video: UK counter terrorism strategy

  1. The impact of terrorist activities

What do you know about terrorism?

  1. Recognising suspicious activity
  2. Reducing the risk of terrorism

Reducing the risk

Part 2: Asylum seekers / clandestine entrants 

  1. Introduction
  2. Methods of entry
  3. Preventing clandestine entrants

Clandestine entrants

Case study

Part 3: Sharing the road safely with other road users 

  1. Incidents and collisions

Road traffic collision case studies

  1. Contributing factors in road traffic collisions

What factors contribute?

  1. Vulnerable road users

Hazards to vulnerable road users scenarios

  1. Responsibility for road safety

Scenario – Who is responsible for road safety?

Case study

Module learning outcomes

Compliance 4;


Subject: D – CPC (Module 4)

Duration: 7 hours


Driver Safety at Work

  • Health and Safety
  • Who is responsible for Health and Safety
  • The penalties for breaching Health and Safety
  • Where to find Health and Safety information
  • Health and Safety responsibilities of the Employer
  • Manual Handling
  • PPE 7
  • Equipment you move ‘manually’
  • Tail lift safety
  • Maintaining three points of contact
  • Double deck trailer door safety
  • Drivers’ walk round checks
  • Drivers’ LEGAL responsibilities
  • Vehicle checks – LIGHTS
  • Tell us what YOU should be looking for
  • Walk round checks – tractor unit
  • Walk round checks – trailer
  • Seatbelts

Compliance 5;


Subject: D – CPC (Module 5)

Duration: 7 hours


Load Security

Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) – Section 2: General duties of an employer

  • Legal responsibilities
  • Before loading
  • The principles of load safety
  • Possible penalties
  • Load securing equipment
  • Lashing capacity
  • Ratchet straps and chains
  • High loads
  • What to do in the event of a bridge strike
  • Overall height guidelines
  • Curtain sided trailers
  • Double deck trailers
  • Palletised loads
  • Timber loads
  • Containers
  • Plant and equipment
  • Sheeting loads
  • Dos and don’ts of load security
  • Rollover avoidance
  • Vehicle baselines

Compliance 6;


Subject: D – CPC (Module 6)

Duration: 7 hours


Drivers Hours

  • Operator licensing
  • Understanding drivers’ hours
  • Understanding your limits
  • Breaks from driving
  • Daily rest periods
  • Working day / duty time
  • Multi-manning
  • Weekly rest periods
  • Unforeseen events
  • Failure to comply with Drivers’…
  • Drivers’ schedule exercise
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Failure to comply with WTR
  • What is the question?
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Tachographs and records
  • Analogue tachographs
  • Tachograph exercise
  • Digital tachographs
  • Analogue and digital systems
  • Drivers’ hours quiz
  • Drivers’ hours – case studies

Compliance 7;


Subject: D – CPC (Module 7)

Duration: 7 hours


Traffic Law


  • Aims and Objectives
  • A Little History
  • The Highway Code
  • What is a road?
  • Activity 1 – Speed Limits
  • Activity 2 – Speed Limits
  • Activity 3 – Speed Limiters
  • Activity 4 – Road Markings
  • Activity 5 – Road Signs and Road Markings
  • Activity 6 – Access and Parking
  • Activity 7 – Loading and Unloading
  • Activity 8 – Pedestrian crossing quiz
  • System of Vehicle Control
  • Activity 9 – Roundabouts
  • Activity 10 – Approaching Junctions
  • Activity 11 – Driving Licences
  • Activity 12 – Categories of Vehicles/Entitlements
  • Activity 13 – Incidents, Roadworks & Congestion
  • Mobile Phones
  • Activity 14 – Mobile Phones, Hands Free & Seatbelts
  • Activity 15 – Urban Myth or Traffic Law
  • Corporate Manslaughter

Under current EU and British Law it is a requirement that drivers who undertake the transport of cargo, already secured and enabled to travel by aircraft from the UK or European airports, are trained to a specific level and have background checks completed, covering the period of five years prior to the training/employment.

This training details the legal basis and organisation of the rules surrounding the safe and secure transportation of this cargo.

Drivers will be given insight into the organisations posing a threat to security, the types of threat posed, and why such threats are relevant to air cargo transportation. The training will cover previous threats and discuss the relevance of these threats in the modern driving environment. Trainees will be made aware of the types of devices posing a threat, their effect, and tell-tale signs  which will allow drivers, ware-housemen and staff in general to recognise suspicious circumstances, and most importantly how to react to these, while safeguarding themselves and others.

Instruction will be given on methods of sealing vehicles to ensure security in transit, checks that should be made during the journey, and problems that may occur at any point in the transport chain which may compromise that security. Coverage will be given to the need for drivers to carry, and the specification of, identity cards, and be able to demonstrate their training status if required, by ether known consignors, regulated agents and/or the appropriate authorities e.g. DfT, CAA, DVSA, Police.

All training will finish with an examination, consisting of both multiple choice, and written answers, enabling the drivers to demonstrate their understanding of the regulations.

A certificate of qualification will be issued on successful completion of the course which is universally accepted in the industry.


Coming Spring 2017


All drivers within the scope of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (Driver Training) Regulations 1996 must be trained and hold a Vocational Training Certificate issued by DVLA. This is required by UK regulations implementing the relevant EU directive.

Courses must be approved by DfT and drivers must pass the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) examinations which are integrated in the courses. There are no ‘grandfather rights’ and compulsory refresher training must be completed within the five year expiry of the date of issue of the original certificate. The maximum number of delegates per course is 20. In-company courses can also be scheduled. Please note that time spent attending the ADR course will count as duty time under Driver Hours Law Regulations 561/2006.

Course Modules

There are 9 classes of ADR dangerous goods and they are:

  • Class 1 – Explosives- (Not a common class)
  • Class 2 – Gases
  • Class 3 – Liquids
  • Class 4 – Solids
  • Class 5 – Oxidising Agents
  • Class 6 – Toxic & Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 – Radioactive – (Not a common class)
  • Class 8 – Corrosives
  • Class 9 – Miscellaneous