Driver for Hire Online Training is an innovative and collaborative venture in safety that was recently introduced by the Canada Safety Council (CSC) in partnership with our team here at Bluedrop ISM (Bluedrop), with funding from the Government of Canada.
The interactive and custom-built eLearning course advances job-specific and essential skills for paid drivers within a variety of growing sectors including the rideshare/vehicle-for-hire and delivery sectors. The course includes industry-specific and practical safety components along with relevant pieces of the Federal Government’s Skills for Success program. It was made available for employers and drivers nationwide on July 17, 2023.
Since the launch, thousands of employers, drivers, and job seekers from across the country have committed to this impactful training augment, and we’ve been fortunate enough to gather some valuable feedback from over 300 early adopters who’ve completed the course. I’m happy to share some of the initial findings here!
When working with the CSC on this training, we collectively wanted to ensure that it would be topical and relevant for drivers currently employed or considering employment in the industry.
We’re so happy to see that initial feedback from those completing the training is validating that aim, with 98% of those surveyed noting that the training clearly outlined the skills required to work in the industry!
Offering relevant, real-world and practical situations that drivers will face is key, and we’re happy to see that DFH is achieving this.
Digging a little deeper into some of the outcome measures, we’re also pleased to see that users are noting increases the training is having on their confidence in finding work in the industry.
Specifically, 81% of survey respondents noted that they now have greater confidence in finding work as a paid driver. Further, 100% of respondents currently employed as drivers noted the course would be beneficial for anyone looking to enter the industry.
In addition to the relevant skills and safety knowledge that we were aiming to supply with this training, we hoped it would support recruitment and industry employability and driver attachment. So far, it appears that the training is indeed supporting this goal. Drivers are finding the training relevant, confidence-building, and including the content required to support employment seekers.
Let’s look at another big one, overall satisfaction. Initial feedback is strong with the Driver for Hire Online Training course receiving a 4.2 out of 5 rating for overall satisfaction.
A true measure of value and satisfaction comes in the form of referral, and whether or not users would recommend the training to colleagues, friends, and family. As noted below, the early results are strong, with 81% remarking they would be likely/very likely to recommend the training to others, and only 6% indicating that they wouldn’t.
We’re obviously very pleased with this result as it bodes well for us and the CSC as we continue to get the word out and encourage employers and drivers to avail of this valuable no-cost online training. Taking advantage of this opportunity is truly a no-brainer for industry associations, employers, and drivers/job seekers themselves to learn more about the industry and how to effectively and safely drive within it.
But we’re only getting started, and we’re going to continue to promote the course to employers and driver nationwide that can benefit from it. We’ll will be being doing more surveys and research, and will be providing regular updates along the way. So, stay tuned!
Yes, you read that right. Simply put, you and your drivers can get trained AND get paid! Driver for Hire provides a great opportunity for employers, drivers, and job seekers to access a CSC endorsed online training option that will help improve skills, safety and performance. Whether you want to register yourself, or your company and fleet of drivers, the process is simple, and you can be off to the races and completing the course today!
*This is a limited time offer open to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or those individuals with refugee status that are legally authorized to work under all Canadian provincial and federal laws and regulations – with limited available seats for an honorarium. See Driver For Hire website for full details.
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