LGV & HGV Shunter Training – Wetherby Training Leeds2024-04-17T14:47:54+01:00


Shunter Training Leeds

Elevate your team’s driving skills with our specialised LGV & HGV Shunter Training, tailored for both novice and experienced drivers.

Designed to enhance safety and efficiency, our courses offer in-depth training on manoeuvring large vehicles in challenging environments such as construction sites, yards, and off-road parking.

With a focus on practical skills and best practices, our training programmes, including a comprehensive novice course and a targeted refresher course, ensure your drivers are equipped to handle vehicles safely, reducing risks and improving operational efficiency.

Whether you’re looking to build foundational shunter expertise or keep your skills sharp and up-to-date, our expert-led sessions provide a conducive learning environment with a personalised touch. Discover how our LGV & HGV Shunter Training can meet your needs and keep your operations running smoothly.

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Yard Shunter Training

About our Shunter Training

Welcome to our comprehensive LGV & HGV Shunter Training programme, the go-to solution for drivers aiming to master the safe and efficient handling of rigid or articulated vehicles in diverse environments such as yards and bustling sites.

Tailored specifically for individuals tasked with manoeuvring large vehicles on private grounds including yards, construction sites, and off-road parking, our training is designed to teach best practices for ensuring the safety of people, vehicles, and property nearby.

Our LGV & HGV Shunter Training is structured into two levels:

Novice Shunter Training

Spanning over two days, this course provides an ideal learning atmosphere with a limit of four participants per session. It encompasses all the vital skills and techniques needed for secure shunting operations, building confidence and proficiency in managing large vehicles. Whether you’re new to the role of a shunter or seeking to broaden your skill set, this course is perfectly suited for you.

Shunter Refresher Training

Aimed at candidates who have previously completed the full novice training, this one-day refresher course ensures your skills and knowledge are current. Limited to four participants per session, our expert instructors will revive your understanding of safe shunting practices, reinforcing essential principles and updating you on any industry changes. It’s advised to undergo this refresher training biennially to keep skills sharp and ensure ongoing compliance.

Custom Shunter Training

Our Custom Shunter Training offers businesses the unique opportunity to specify exactly what they’d like covered in the course, allowing for a program that’s precisely tailored to their needs.

Whether it’s focusing on specific types of vehicles, particular manoeuvring challenges, or unique operational protocols, this option ensures that your team receives the most relevant and effective training possible.

The duration and number of participants for the custom option will vary, depending on the scope and requirements specified by the business owner, ensuring a truly bespoke training solution. This flexible approach means we can adapt to any specific requests, making it the perfect choice for businesses looking for a tailored training experience that directly addresses their unique operational environment and challenges. ​​

Course Name Type Duration Participants Frequency Key Focus
Novice Shunter Training Novice 2 Days Max 4 per session N/A Safe shunting operations, building confidence and expertise in handling large vehicles.
Shunter Refresher Training Refresher 1 Day Max 4 per session Every 2 years Refresh safe shunting practices, reinforce critical concepts, and address new developments.
Custom Shunter Training Custom TBA TBA TBA Tailored training program designed to meet the specific needs of your business, covering requested aspects of shunter operations.
Onsite Shunter training

Training Environments

Our training environments are conducive to learning, led by seasoned instructors proficient in the nuances of shunter operations.

We blend theoretical knowledge with hands-on exercises, enabling participants to practise their skills in realistic scenarios. Safety, efficiency, and adherence to industry benchmarks are our top priorities throughout the training.

Investing in LGV & HGV Shunter Training not only boosts your drivers’ capabilities but also reduces risks and potential incidents, protecting your staff, machinery, and the premises. Stay competitive with our thorough training programme.

To book your LGV & HGV Shunter Training or for information on our other specialised courses, please get in touch. Our committed team is prepared to support you in fulfilling your training requirements effectively and promptly.

All training is conducted on-site at your premises.

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What Does Our LGV & HGV Shunter Training Include?

The courses cover the following areas:

  • Safety procedures & site evaluation
  • The Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Risks of reversing large vehicles on-site
  • Maneuvering forwards & backwards in a yard
  • Familiarity with vehicle & trailer controls
  • The significance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & its usage
  • Proper coupling & uncoupling of trailers
  • HSE 136 standard code of signals
  • Handover processes
  • Final assessment

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Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Common questions we are asked about Shunter Training.

what is shunter training?2024-03-15T11:44:31+00:00

Shunter training is a specialised course designed to equip individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and efficiently manoeuvre large vehicles, such as LGVs (Large Goods Vehicles) and HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles), within confined spaces like warehouses, industrial estates, and construction sites.

The training focuses on best practices for vehicle handling, understanding and executing safe shunting procedures, correctly coupling and uncoupling trailers, and adhering to health and safety regulations. Aimed at enhancing operational safety and minimising the risk of accidents, shunter training is essential for anyone involved in the shunting of heavy vehicles, ensuring they can perform their duties with confidence and competence.

What are the benefits of custom shunter training?2024-03-15T11:41:30+00:00

Custom shunter training offers a multitude of benefits tailored to meet the specific requirements and challenges of your business operations. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Tailored Content: The training programme is designed around the unique needs of your business, focusing on the specific types of vehicles used, the operational environment, and any particular challenges your drivers face. This ensures that the training is directly relevant and immediately applicable.
  2. Flexibility in Duration and Scope: Unlike standard courses, custom training allows for flexibility in both the duration and the scope of the training, making it possible to cover exactly what is needed without unnecessary extras, ensuring efficient use of time and resources.
  3. Addresses Specific Risks: By focusing on the precise risks and scenarios encountered in your operations, custom training can more effectively mitigate potential safety hazards, directly contributing to a safer working environment.
  4. Enhanced Engagement: Training that is directly relevant to the drivers’ daily tasks is more engaging and likely to be retained, leading to better application of learned skills and practices on the job.
  5. Cost-Effective: Custom training can be more cost-effective in the long run, as it aims to solve specific issues and improve operational efficiency, potentially reducing the likelihood of costly accidents or operational delays.
  6. Supports Compliance: Tailored training ensures that any legal and regulatory requirements specific to your operations are covered, aiding in compliance and reducing the risk of penalties or legal issues.
  7. Improves Performance: Focused training can significantly enhance the performance and efficiency of your shunting operations, leading to smoother workflows and increased productivity.
  8. Builds Confidence: Drivers who receive training tailored to their needs and the challenges they face are likely to feel more confident and competent in their roles, leading to improved morale and job satisfaction.
  9. Adapts to Technological Changes: Custom training can quickly adapt to include new technologies, equipment, or practices introduced into your operations, ensuring your team remains up-to-date.
  10. Competitive Advantage: Investing in custom training for your team not only enhances safety and efficiency but can also provide a competitive edge in the marketplace by demonstrating a commitment to high standards and continuous improvement.

In essence, custom shunter training offers a focused, relevant, and flexible approach to training that can significantly benefit your business, your employees, and your bottom line.

Why is it best to conduct shunter training onsite?2024-03-15T11:25:36+00:00

Conducting Shunter Training on-site presents several significant advantages, making it an ideal choice for businesses aiming to effectively train their drivers:

  1. Realistic Training Environment: On-site training enables drivers to learn and practise in the actual environment where they’ll operate. This familiarity with the site’s layout, including specific challenges and hazards, enhances the relevance and applicability of the training.
  2. Customised Content: Training can be tailored to address the unique needs, risks, and operations of your specific location. This ensures the training directly relates to the participants’ daily tasks and the specific types of vehicles and equipment they use.
  3. Convenience and Accessibility: Holding the training at your premises reduces disruption by eliminating the need for participants to travel, potentially leading to better attendance rates and less time away from core work responsibilities.
  4. Cost-Effectiveness: On-site training can be more economical, especially for companies with multiple employees needing training. It cuts out travel and accommodation expenses and can be arranged to minimise impact on operational productivity.
  5. Team Learning: When training is conducted on-site, it allows teams to learn together, fostering a sense of camaraderie and a shared understanding of best practices. This collective learning experience can enhance team coordination and safety culture.
  6. Immediate Application: Drivers can immediately apply what they’ve learnt in the exact context they will operate in, reinforcing learning through practise in a familiar setting.
  7. Flexible Scheduling: On-site training offers the flexibility to schedule sessions around the business’s operational demands, ensuring minimal disruption to daily activities.
  8. Facilitates Risk Assessment: Trainers can directly observe and assess site-specific risks and incorporate this assessment into the training, providing targeted advice on managing these risks effectively.

By catering to the specific needs and conditions of the workplace, on-site Shunter Training ensures drivers receive the most relevant, practical, and effective instruction, directly contributing to improved safety and efficiency in vehicle operations.

Will I receive certification upon completing the training?2024-03-15T11:19:19+00:00

Upon successfully completing the shunter training, participants typically receive a certificate acknowledging their accomplishment and indicating their proficiency in shunting operations and ability to understand safety standards and regulations.

Who should attend Shunter Training?2024-03-15T11:14:19+00:00

Shunter Training is designed for anyone responsible for the manoeuvring and handling of LGVs (Large Goods Vehicles) and HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) within confined spaces such as warehouses, industrial yards, and construction sites. This includes:

  • Novice Drivers: Individuals who are new to the role of shunting and require comprehensive training to learn the fundamental skills and best practices for safely operating large vehicles.
  • Experienced Shunters: Drivers with previous shunting experience who are seeking to refresh their skills, update their knowledge on the latest safety standards, or formalise their expertise with professional training.
  • Logistics and Warehouse Staff: Employees involved in the logistics and storage aspects of a business who may need to move vehicles within a site as part of their duties.
  • Health and Safety Officers: Personnel responsible for overseeing workplace safety, who need to understand the specifics of shunting operations to effectively manage risks and ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Fleet Managers and Supervisors: Managers overseeing fleets of vehicles who need to ensure their team is trained and competent in safe vehicle handling and operational efficiency.

Attending Shunter Training ensures that individuals are equipped with the necessary skills to perform shunting tasks safely and efficiently, minimising the risk of accidents and improving overall operational productivity.

How often should I undertake Shunter Refresher Training?2024-03-15T11:09:52+00:00

It’s recommended to undertake shunter refresher training every two years. Regular refresher courses ensure that your skills and knowledge remain current and up-to-date with the latest safety standards, regulations, and operational best practices. This periodic training helps reinforce important concepts, introduces new techniques or changes in regulations, and addresses any bad habits that may have developed. Staying proficient through refresher training is crucial for maintaining a high level of safety and efficiency in shunting operations.

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