Places still available on FORS Practitioner workshops in Northern Ireland

Places are still available on FORS Practitioner workshops 7- 9 in Lurgan throughout April and May. Book a place now for you and your transport team to make the most of this professional development opportunity.

Designed to assist and develop transport professionals, FORS Practitioner is a series of ten workshops covering all aspects of fleet management.

The workshops are open to all FORS members and can be attended individually, and in any order. A FORS Practitioner qualification, which is valid for five years, is awarded to those who attend all ten workshops in the series.

The focus for the forthcoming workshops in Lurgan is on improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, and minimising environmental impacts. You can click on the link below for more information on each workshop, and to book as many places as you require for your team.

Click below for more information and to book your place/s on the following FORS Practitioner workshops:

Commenting about the FORS Practitioner workshops, Peter Morrow, FORS Manager for Northern Ireland, said:

“The sessions in April and May will complete our first run of all 10 FORS workshops in Northern Ireland. To date, we’ve had attendees from a wide variety of sectors, including construction, manufacturing, general haulage, and refrigerated transport. Delegates have found the sessions extremely useful and we’re looking forward to some attendees becoming qualified FORS Practitioners once these workshops are complete.” He added, “this shows demonstrable commitment to their own long-term career growth and the wider logistics industry.”

Under ‘D4 Professional Development’ in the FORS Standard, fleet operators are required to identify and document the training needs of drivers and other staff involved in the fleet operation, as well as to implement a Professional Development Plan (PDP). FORS Practitioner is recommended professional development for all managers, trainers and supervisory staff. Though attendance to the workshops is not mandatory under FORS D4, it should be considered for inclusion in the PDP for relevant staff.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

FORS Members’ Conference – 2018 date confirmed

In response to demand from its members, FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, has confirmed it will host a 2018 FORS Members’ Conference later this year – on Tuesday 16th October – the third annual staging of what is now a key event in the transport industry’s events calendar.

Swift feedback from delegates and exhibitors following last October’s conference signalled a clear mandate for another event, thus prompting an early announcement from FORS in confirming a date for 2018.

The FORS Members’ Conference will once again benefit from its central location at the National Conference Centre in Solihull. The same venue last year hosted 400 delegates, many playing an active role during a full day of keynote presentations, Q&As and special ‘surgeries’, while at the same time enjoying incentives and discounts provided by FORS Associates within a dedicated exhibition zone.

“The call for another FORS Members’ Conference has been unequivocal,” said FORS Director, John Hix, “the response from conference goers was immediate and wholly positive,” he said, “and we had little doubt that an announcement to confirm a third event would be forthcoming sooner rather than later. I’m very pleased to be able to make that call now.

“Our theme last October, ‘Compliance: what does it mean to you?’, obviously resonated with delegates,” he said, “provoking passionate debate in the conference room while reinforcing the key FORS messages of safety, efficiency and environmental protection. We will expect a similar fervent conference this year.”

After two highly successful conferences, FORS continues to earn a reputation for delivering an insightful, well-organised forum for debate, while attracting influential organisations and key individuals from across the transport sector.

Further details including headline sponsors, conference speakers, theme of the day and a full agenda for the FORS Members’ Conference 2018, will follow.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

Kilwaughter Minerals boosts fleet efficiency with FORS Bronze accreditation

Kilwaughter Minerals has reported a boost to fleet efficiency after becoming the latest Northern Ireland operator to achieve FORS Bronze accreditation. The company saw FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, as an opportunity to not only improve the management of its fleet, but also to satisfy training and development opportunities across the company.

Larne-based Kilwaughter Minerals is just one of a number of Northern Ireland based companies to join FORS. The scheme is rapidly establishing itself as an influential reference point for operators looking to improve safety, boost efficiency and increase sustainability.

The company has worked diligently to meet the FORS Bronze accreditation requirements, and as a result, has made significant changes to its working practices. The process revealed gaps in training for Kilwaughter, which led to a review of training and development across the whole site.

Graham Matthews, Kilwaughter Minerals Production Manager, commented, “We decided to go for FORS as we saw this as an opportunity to improve the management of our fleet to a recognised standard and we found the accreditation process to be informative, constructive and positive. FORS will help us to deliver improvements in areas such as fleet management and fuel consumption, supporting our aims of safe and efficient haulage.”

Peter Morrow, FORS Manager – Northern Ireland, added, “Kilwaughter is the latest in a growing number of Northern Ireland based companies to join FORS, and we are delighted to have them on board. Although Kilwaughter only has a small fleet,” he said, “it is striving to operate the whole business to the highest standards, and we are keen to work closely with the company to help with continuous improvements.”

As a FORS member, Kilwaughter has access to a variety of funded training opportunities for both managers and drivers, ranging from eLearning modules to practical and classroom-based workshops. FORS also offers free-to-access fleet management tools, FORS Toolbox Talks and resources, as well as exclusive discounts from a number of suppliers. Since joining FORS, Kilwaughter has enjoyed access to a number of seminars designed to support improvements in a number of areas including fleet management and fuel consumption. Kilwaughter also found access to the FORS Toolbox Talks – designed specifically for drivers – particularly beneficial in support of its ambitions for a safe and efficient fleet.

Kilwaughter, which has a fleet of seven vehicles, has been an established mineral and quarry processor since 1939 and is a member of the Mineral Producers Association, Quarry Products Association and Institute of Quarries. Product lines include calcium carbonate powders, limestone sands, aggregates & minerals. The market leading K Rend brand is the UK’s largest independent silicone render manufacturer.

Gordon Best, Regional Director with the Quarry Products Association NI said: “I am delighted that Kilwaughter has joined FORS. This shows their commitment to road safety, protecting the environment and improving the efficiency of their business. This aligns with many of the QPA’s aims. FORS is the logical step for our members as it demonstrates to society that organisations are committed to operating their fleets above the legal minimum.”

For more information, please visit the FORS website. You can also register to attend a live one-hour long FORS webinar for more information on how the scheme works. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The next webinar is on 8th May 2018 at 2pm.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

Cut emissions and costs with LoCITY Driving – new funded dates available for May and June

LoCITY Driving is a classroom-based course for both HGV and van drivers, focusing on practical ways drivers can reduce their vehicle emissions. Driver CPC-accredited and DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) approved, this award winning course will not only help minimise the environmental impact of your fleet but can also help cut the overall costs of your operation.

The seven-hour course covers the following topics:

  • The relationship between driving style, fuel consumption and environmental impact
  • How regular maintenance and vehicle checks can cut costs and emissions
  • Fuel efficient driving techniques
  • Use of in-vehicle technology to improve fuel economy
  • Benefits of journey planning
  • Alternative fuels in commercial vehicles

Funded dates are available in May and June for Birmingham and Wembley. More dates will be added in the near future. To find out more and to book your place, please visit here.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.

FORS Members’ Conference 2018 – save the date

In response to demand from FORS members, the third FORS Members’ Conference will be held on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at the National Conference Centre, Solihull.

The conference is confirmed following the huge success of last year’s event which attracted almost 400 delegates, who engaged in lively debate with high-profile speakers from across the transport industry. 23 FORS Associates supported the conference by exhibiting their products and services; all designed to help delegates, and the wider FORS membership, meet the FORS Standard and to assist in driving-up industry best practice.

The FORS Member’s Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to talk face-to-face with FORS experts and to network with fellow transport professionals.

To catch-up on last year’s conference and view images from throughout the day, please click here.

Bookings will open in the spring. In the meantime, please make a note of the date in your calendar – Tuesday 16 October 2018.

If you are a FORS company, or if you are working towards accreditation, your business is entitled to some exclusive fuel cost saving offers from Fuel Card Services. Click here for more information.