Professionalising the industry
Working with governments, policy makers and industry partners, the IRU Academy is at the forefront of the drive to professionalise the industry. This push is particularly relevant in the developing world, where the mobility of cargo and people is almost entirely dependent on the road transport sector.
Some current initiatives include:
Research and studies
- IRU/World Bank Guide for Policy Makers is a comprehensive guide for governments, policy makers and transport regulators to unlock the potential of the road transport industry to generate sustainable economic development.
- The IRU-AULT study on the impact of training on commercial drivers highlights how trained professionals are safer and contribute to the overall efficiency of commercial road transport by reducing fuel consumption, minimising damage to transported cargoes, mitigating vehicle wear and tear, and improving the overall quality of service delivery.
- World Bank report stresses a short supply in qualified labor across logistics chains in both developed and developing countries, and points to IRU to mitigate the problem. The report highlights that shortages range on all occupational levels from a lack of truck drivers to problems in filling senior supply chain management positions.
Capacity building for qualification frameworks
- IRU Academy has developed a whole range of services that can be mobilised to help countries that require assistance to conduct reforms and enhance their road transport sector. In the field of professional qualifications, IRU Academy’s methodology to establish national qualification frameworks follows a systematic approach that ensures the application of recognised international best practices.
- IRU Academy offers a whole range of professional training programmes available through its network of ATIs or directly as free or premium online courses.
A full and well-trained workforce will enable road transport to play a significant role in global economic growth. Skilled professional drivers help the industry become cleaner and greener, playing its part in achieving sustainable development and tackling climate change.
Meeting safety regulations and targets to reduce accidents are a priority for all industry stakeholders. The right training is essential to improve the safety record of a company and minimise accident costs. Having well-managed fleets and strict vehicle maintenance also helps ease congestion.
The highest training standards are essential to allow supply chains and transport networks to operate efficiently, keeping pace with emerging challenges and new legislation. Road transport must continually adapt to such change. New vehicles are being designed to strict security standards, drive and rest time rules are being enforced and new technology is being used to ensure compliance.
Success requires education
With its comprehensive training programmes the IRU Academy helps differentiate businesses and workers in an increasingly competitive industry.
A growing skills shortage in the transport and logistics industry needs to be addressed. Many of those working in the sector have not had the necessary training to perform their job properly. In several regions the trucking industry faces a shortage of professional drivers which is having a direct impact on service delivery. This is exacerbated by the rising demands of web commerce and new goods delivery methods.