Surprised by the training system for truck drivers in his country, IRU New Industry Shaper Lenno Põder decided to become a truck driver himself to truly understand the profession. He now offers accessible, innovative and inclusive training in Estonia.
What is AUTOSERT?
About 12 years ago, I created AUTOSERT, a professional truck driving competence centre in Estonia. I started from scratch with the aim of offering innovative and practice-oriented training. Our company now has 40 people. We provide CPC and ADR training, and teach C, CE and D licence categories to novice drivers.
In addition to driver training, we are very active on social media with training videos, news articles and podcasts. We also work in partnership with the wider transport industry in Estonia to promote the truck driver profession and attract more people to the community. For example, we helped to organise the first Estonian Women Truck Drivers Gathering in 2023.
What attracted you to the trucking industry?
So many elements... New technologies, big machines, driving, seeing the world, community, learning, etc. The industry suits my personality.
I feel that professional drivers need help. The working environment is sometimes difficult to understand, with many rules and laws causing pressure to avoid heavy fines. I want to help drivers be better informed so they can have a stress-free job and better life quality.
What I like the most is to travel to other countries and show how truck drivers live. I have visited and published short films about Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Armenia and soon India. I hope this inspires more people to become truck drivers!
What is your best quality for this job?
To be a good trainer, you need two things: good acting skills to keep classes lively and engaging, as well as experience as a truck driver. If my trainers don’t have any experience driving trucks, then I organise sessions for them to get behind the wheel. You need to know what you’re dealing with!
Before setting up AUTOSERT, I decided to work as a truck driver in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Norway, Sweden and Finland. I needed to understand the real issues that drivers face every day. Their real work conditions. This experience has helped me to design new courses and methods that match drivers’ needs and provide practical solutions.