Coach completes record-fourth secondment

Jon Aspden, Director of Driver Training at Clipper Logistics, now part of GXO, has completed his fourth international assignment for an international development organization transaidspent two weeks working with professional driver trainers on Transaid’s road safety project in Ghana.

His journey follows previous posts in Tanzania and Zambia in 2009, 2012 and 2020 and saw close collaboration with four coaches in the country’s capital, Accra.

Regarding his experience, Aspden says: “The group had completed a lot of theoretical training prior to my arrival, so my role was to focus on delivering practical training skills, which were structured and delivered in line with the new and improved truck driver training for Ghana developed standard.

“The coaches quickly got into the training rhythm, gained confidence with their in-room teaching techniques and worked hard to create an environment conducive to personal growth. I saw a sea change in her driving style and coaching skills and when it came time for me to fly home I left feeling like I was the biggest positive impact yet.”

Although this was his first experience of conducting training in a left-hand drive vehicle, Jon quickly adjusted to the DAF XF 16-speed manual gearbox and noted in his report that it was the first time in his career that a training session had been interrupted by cows was on the way!

Commenting on his input, Sam Clark, Transaid’s Head of Programs and Acting Co-Chief Executive said: “The support of corporate members is paramount to the success of our driver education programs. The caliber of trainers we have access to in the UK is second to none and their contributions are key in enabling us to build local skills that ensure sustainable and lasting change.

“A big thank you also to Jon for his longstanding commitment to Transaid; We’re pretty sure four assignments from one person will set a new industry record!”

Transaid’s work in Ghana is part of a three and a half year project funded by the Puma Energy Foundation to raise training standards and expand training capacity for truck drivers. The aim is to reduce the number of road deaths and injuries in a country where, according to estimates by the World Health Organization, around 7,000 people lost their lives on the roads in 2016.

Transaid secured its involvement in the project through its proven track record of working with local partners to improve the driving standards of more than 50,000 mostly truck and PSV drivers in sub-Saharan Africa since 2008.

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