British Values – Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty “The right to believe, act and express oneself freely.”  Individual liberty suggests the free exercise of rights generally seen as outside Government control. It is the protection of your rights and the rights of others. It is seen in day to day life through the following: Equality and Human Rights Respect and Dignity…

Acid Attacks – What to Do if It Happens to You!

OK, yes I know what you are thinking what does this training company know about acid attacks?! Well dangerous goods are one of our specialist subjects and something we take very seriously. ‘Acid’ attacks have been very prominent in the news recently with the numbers of attacks on the rise. According to police figures these…

Safeguarding – Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not or cannot consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is important to note that forced marriages differ from an arranged one where the couple willingly agree to the marriage. Forced marriage is recognised in the UK as a form of…

Equality & Diversity – Human Rights

Anyone who is in the UK for any reason has fundamental human rights which government and public authorities are legally obliged to respect. These became law as part of the Human Rights Act 1998. You can download the Human Rights Act from here Human Rights Act The Human Rights Act 1998 gives further legal effect…

Health & Safety – Manual Handling

Manual Handling includes a range of activities including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, supporting and transferring a load by bodily force.  A load can be an inanimate object, a person or an animal.  The weight of the item is an important factor, but many other factors can create a risk of injury, for example the…

Nights Away Pay for Lorry Drivers

Nights Away Money Paid to Lorry Drivers

For many years lorry drivers have benefited from nights away money being paid to them tax free as long as the payments were in accordance with the agreed rates.  From 6 April 2017 there have been changes to this guidance which all haulage businesses should be aware of. The Essential Information Can I still pay…

Driver Medical

What is Involved in a LGV/PCV Driver Medical?

As a LGV and PCV training company we are often asked about the driver medical which is needed in order for potential drivers to get their provisional licence. Hopefully this article will ease all the worries you have before you go. The main thing to remember is DON’T WORRY you just need to be in…

Scania and SP Training

Partnership with Scania

SP Training have formed a partnership with Scania to begin offering a national HGV driver training programme. SP Training and the Swedish giant want to combat the UK’s shortage of qualified HGV drivers, which is estimated to be 40,000 below what is needed. The partnership is aiming to help equip people with HGV driving licences via…

New apprenticeship launched with Stobart Group

Stobart Group is to use SP Training to run an apprenticeship scheme and provide drivers for Stobart Energy – formerly Stobart Biomass. This is designed to create new jobs and address the national shortage of skilled HGV drivers. The programme has been launched by Stobart Group at its Carlisle, Widnes and Tilbury depots. SP Training…

Tony Higgins & Robin Brown SP Training

Shortage of HGV drivers brings boom for SP Training

Growing demand for HGV drivers has led SP Training to quadruple its workforce in four months. The business aims to tackle a UK-wide shortage of HGV drivers by providing tailored training programmes from its custom-built facility at Carlisle Airport. Such has been the demand, SP Training has already increased its staff numbers from four to…

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