Between the ongoing driver shortage and this year’s record low number of workers fired or laid off, hiring managers are scrambling to find ways to recruit and hire safe drivers in a scarce market.
What can you do to expand your pool of driver applicants while still keeping safety a top priority? The solution may be simpler than you think. It’s a strategy known as “premedial” training.
What is “Premedial Training”?
To explain “premedial training”, we need to first break down how we categorize driver training as a whole. This includes three different but equally important safety strategy buckets:
Frequent training can be used to proactively prevent future violations and crashes.
Remedial training helps you take immediate action after someone receives a violation.
“Premedial” training, or remedial training assigned to new hires based on previous violations, works specifically to expand your hiring pool.
If you’re looking to hire but don’t have enough applicants in your preferred qualification buckets, you can use premedial training to cast a wider net. It’s possible that the candidates you usually reject due to minor driving record blemishes could actually be safe, reliable and qualified drivers if they’re properly trained.
For example, let’s say it’s the holiday season and you can’t find enough qualified drivers that fit your safety standards. You don’t want to hire drivers with blemishes on their record, but being understaffed isn’t an option. Instead of hoping for the best, you can add premedial training to each borderline driver’s online onboarding program to help the driver improve specific skills and meet the standards outlined in your safety policy before they hit the road.
4 Steps to Implement a Premedial Training Strategy at Your Company
A premedial training strategy includes a four-step process:
Step 1: Determine Your Violation Threshold – determine the level of violations you’re willing to accept with new hires to ensure you’re not putting dangerous drivers on the road or your company at risk.
Step 2: Perform Your Background Check – Use MVRs to identify drivers’ violations and determine whether or not they’re something you’re comfortable addressing with premedial training.
Step 3: Assign Premedial Courses Before In-Person Training – assign targeted courses to remediate these specific violations.
Step 4: Implement Ongoing Monitoring and Training – ensure these new drivers remain safe once they are out on the road and driving on behalf of your company.
Leverage Online Premedial Courses
Online premedial courses will help you train new drivers faster, cheaper and with less effort. And if you require these drivers to complete all assigned premedial classes virtually before they attend in-person training, you can instead focus in-person training on behind-the-wheel and real-world instruction.
You’ll find a full breakdown of our four steps for implementing a premedial training strategy by downloading our free checklist, Safely Expand Your Hiring Pool with “Premedial” Training.