Project Background


The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) have brought together a consortium of partners to submit a funding proposal for a joint social partner’s project on training in the commercial road transport sector, covering both mobile and non mobile employees of road transport companies. The purpose of this project is to correctly identify the most important challenges and the most efficacious solutions for improving the provision of training to drivers and workers performing certain non mobile, logistics related tasks. In December 2010 STARTS Project has received  European Commission funding which will cover up to 80% of the total expenses.

Project Structure

In order to reflect the very distinct competencies, skills and legal frameworks for the different categories of workers, the project will be split into two distinct pillars:

First Pillar- Mobile Workers  

The most significant challenges to be addressed under this pillar are the new requirements arising from the EU Driver Training Directive no 2003/59/EC.The project will produce a detailed overview of national arrangements related to the Directive’s implementation, analyse related problems and record how employers and drivers are responding to meet its obligations in different EU Member States. It will also make an early assessment of the Directive’s broader impact on the development of skills within the sector and on how it affects access to employment as a road transport driver. Where possible, recommendations will be established at the end of the project.

Second Pillar- Non Mobile Workers

This second pillar will focus on non-mobile blue collar workers employed by road transport companies performing warehouse functions, such as goods in checking, forklift truck operation, order picking / packing, goods out checking and stock system coordination. It will seek a better understanding of the competencies and skills required by these workers and how they are reflected through the training practices and systems in place at EU Member States level. It is hoped that this exercise will lead to the identification where appropriate of skills and training solutions that can be used more widely to boost the competences and safety of these workers.