Title Training of Trainers to FCO, the Obligatory periodic training of drivers in the road transport industry
Project Number 2009-1-FR1-LEO05-07049
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project aims at transferring training and technical knowledge and skills intended to instructors in the road freight transport sector, in particular CPC instructors (the obligatory periodic training of HGV drivers)all across Europe. The training programme (TOT to FCO) addresses the road freight transport industry at large (social, economic, legislative aspects, eco-driving practices, safety, environment, driver well-being and responsibilities). It meets the requirements of the EU sustainable transport policy based on innovation, the development of smarter and safer driving practices, energy savings, respect of the environment.
Summary Road freight transport is a rapidly-evolving profession due to economic globalisation, constant legislative changes as well as technological developments. The EU enlargement, the shortage of truck drivers and the increasing need for qualifications are placing new challenges in this quick-moving industry. Driving instructors and truck drivers are therefore being affected by all these changes. The European Directive 2003/59/EC applied to all Member states as of September 10th, 2009 meets the needs of the road transport industry. It makes periodic training (FCO) obligatory every five years for truck drivers to ensure that they can continuously respond to the need of the industry and maintain their employability. FCO or the obligatory periodic training was implemented in France in 1995 and is just starting in Poland and Spain. Our project aims at transferring TOT to FCO training course intended for FCO trainers with our Polish (ITS and ZMPD) and Spanish partner (ASTIC) by taking into account our partners’ national requirements and by associating them to the modules design right from the start. The technical, pedagogy and methodology training transfer is being facilitated by a distance-learning platform between all of the partners so that they can exchange and share best practices for mutual benefits. Our target is both trainers and truck drivers as they are going to play a significant role at the heart of the intelligent transportation system and knowledge society. The IRU, the International Road Transport Union will give the project a European dimension. The IRU is in charge of harmonising training standards to obtain an EU recognition of TOT to FCO.
TOT to FCO training programme is arranged in three modules:
- Pedagogy module for instructors to develop their training skills, competences and knowledge necessary to prepare, deliver and evaluate FCO sucessfully for a maximum impact on the target group
- Technical module covering the three themes of EU Directive 2003/59/EC (advanced training in rational driving based on sefety regulations, application of regulations, health/road and environmental safety/service/logistics)
The technical module also contains an intructor's Guidebook on driving simulator training with driving scenarios focused on eco-driving in various geographical settings.
- Methodology module to make instructors familiar with an e-learning environment.
Within the phase of the disseminatin and exploitation of results, the IRU organised some seminars to make the project known, actively promote it and entend its results to a large audience of stakeholders in the road transport industry all across Europe.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Transportation and Storage
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
transparency and certification
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
Product information All of the modules making up TOT to FCO were tested through the delivery of pilot training sessions in Paris, Madrid and Warsaw with road freight transport instructors. The programme is now part of the partners'training offer and available on the IRU platform for its dissemination at EU level. The aim is to extend TOT to FCO to other EU countries.