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The Association of Fleet Professionals is calling on fleet managers and those with fleet responsibility to audit their skills to ensure they “have the expertise needed to tackle the challenges 2021 is likely to bring”.

The association, formed early this year through the merger of ACFO and the ICFM, predicted that having the right competencies could make the difference between success and failure in what will be a challenging year.

“We’ve been looking very closely at fleet manager skillsets in drawing up our new AFP Training Academy calendar for 2021 and it is clear to us that new demands are being placed on people working in our sector at a probably unprecedented pace,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick, naming the shift from fleet to mobility manager as a long-standing gradual shift, as well as issues around the pandemic, Brexit and the shift to electric vehicles as competing pressures on fleet managers’ time and skills.

“What we would say to fleet managers is to look at the challenges facing you and audit your skills to ensure that you have the required expertise,” Hollick continued. “Things are moving very quickly and there is a definite need to stay current.”

The AFP has, according to Hollick, been looking closely at both the content and delivery of its training, with greater emphasis on online and remote learning, as well as changing the structure of its courses.

“Conventional AFP training is geared towards the awarding of accreditations for individuals but sometimes people just want to learn how to do things,” he said. “The units, which we are in the process of creating, would do just that – teach practical expertise in a single area.”

The AFP training modules for 2021 kick off with the diploma module in Advanced Finance in January, also covering Interpersonal Skills, Administration and Control, and Acquisition and Disposal through the year, while the fast track has learning on People Management, Administration and Finance ad Acquisition and Law.

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