Further results on professional driver qualification


  • ProfDRV - summarising project brochure, March 2013
    (German version)
  • Input paper on the EC report on the implementation of Directive 2003/59/EC relating to the initial qualification and periodic training of professional drivers, September 2012
    This paper provides an additional input based on the ProfDRV projects results for the discussion of directive 2003/59/EC in the European Parliament based on the EC report on the directives implementation from July 2012. It proposes the application of the EQFs learning outcomes approach in order to address challenges in the implementation of directive 2003/59/EC and to ensure comparability of national implementation approaches by using the learning outcomes approach. It has been forwarded to EU parlamentarians as an additional input.
  • "2003/59/EC – standardised Europe-wide initial and continuous vocational education and training for professional drivers: Strategies, consequences, opportunities and threats", July 2012
    (preliminary version, incl. short summary in English and German, the final version is - due to its pending publication in relevant journals - only available on request from the project coordinator and the author)
    This Case Study discusses the implications of an EU-introduced common VET-scheme considering the experiences made with directive 2003/59/EC on the initial qualification and periodic training of professional drivers. It further discusses instruments for harmonising educational policies within the Member States of the European Union by reflecting the development and implementation of directives in the EU in general and by reflecting other relevant directives and recommendations. In the ProfDRV-project the implementation of directive 2003/59 has been investigated in 7 different European countries. The project findings are analysed and discussed. Based on these findings conclusions and recommendations for the further development of directive 2003/59 and the development of directives that aim at introducing EU-common VET-schemes are drawn. 
    The article will be reviewed again based on the upcoming results of the ProfDRV project, it is therefore a draft version only that has been developed by 3s research laboratory (AT) as results of WP 6.
  • "VET means to approach the shortage of professional drivers in Europe", December 2011
    (Short summary EN, kurze Zusammenfassung DE)
    This paper discusses VET possibilies to address the shortage of professional drivers in Europe based on a number of studies conducted worldwide on the driver shortage issue and on interviews conducted by the ProfDRV partners. It argues the necessity to develop and review training schemes based on the labour market needs, to open up career prospects for professional drivers in order to make the job more attractive for young people, to invest in retention and management of driver turnover and to integrate health and safety issues stronger into vocational education and training for drivers. Furthermore opportunities and limitations of European instruments such as EQF, ECVET and directive 2003/59/EC are discussed regarding their (possible) contribution to decreasing the driver shortage.
    The paper has been prepared by DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE) in the context of WP 2 "VET schemes for professional drivers" as a contribution to the WP 2 and 4.
    A presentation of this paper at a German expert workshop in Stuttgart (DE) in November 2012 is available as a video lecture. Please follow this link to listen to the presentation held by Dr. Peter Littig, DEKRA Akademie GmbH (DE): http://cm.filecard.de/2012/11/log_bw/05/
  • "The Study on the Shortage of Professional Drivers in Canada", August 2011
    The paper provides the reader with an overview of the Canadian trucking industry and the issues that have and continue to impact the shortage of qualified drivers.  It provides a historical look at the analysis of the industry going back to 1991 when the Government of Canada looked at the human resource challenges and opportunities of the industry. This study led to the establishment of the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council in 1994.  The paper also describes the work of the Council from the research conducted and the products and services develop to address the human resource challenges.
    The paper has been prepared by the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council in the context of WP 2 "VET schemes for professional drivers" as a contribution to the WP 2 and 4.
  • "Recognition of professional drivers in- and non-formal learning", March 2013
    This paper provides an overview about the status quo of recognition of professional drivers non- and informal learning in Europe. It shows how some of the ProfDRV project countries deal with this important issue for drivers who often worked many years only based on their driving license but without formal qualification in this profession what can lead to serious shortfalls in terms of social security measures. The paper has been prepared by DEKRA as part of WP 4.