Dulson Training

Yard Shunter / Banksman

Course information

This course from Dulson Training is specifically designed to allow appropriate individuals within your business to prove and pass set tasks to enable them to become a competent yard shunter.
Upon completion of the course candidates will be issued with a certificate of achievement.

The course will consist of a number of key elements that our instructor will comprehensively explain. The candidate will be asked to demonstrate proving that understanding has taken place in this critical sector of transport.

We are keen to keep courses very structured depending on a candidate's experience and will discuss this at length during your booking to confirm that all your requirements are being met.

Each course will begin with a small powerpoint presentation covering relevant subject matter like Health and Safety guidelines, Safe systems of work, Hazards associated with this task and equipment used.To further strengthen a candidate's ability to fulfill this task, a brief theory test both before and after practical training will take place at which point we would hope to see a better understanding of the job role.
Practical training which many would see as the main area of consideration would involve:

  • Vehicle / Trailer familiarisation including vehicle defects ( company specific )
  • Manoeuvring a tractor unit / tug ( uncoupled )
  • Coupling and uncoupling to a trailer ( different types of trailer / unit / tug )
  • Manoeuvring when coupled
  • Reversing both left and right

Due to the nature of this course, we would offer this training on either a 1 to 1 basis or 2 to 1 basis (2 candidates to 1 instructor) and the length of the course would be determined on a candidate's relevant experience.

For a novice looking to complete this course we would like to spend around 2 days / 12 hours in total (broken over two 6 hour sessions) as any longer we feel a candidate becomes fatigued and loses concentration easily. The second 6 hour session would focus on a candidate completing all elements to the required standard including a marked test. If your company, like many others, would like two people to go through this course then we can easily accommodate this on the same 12 hour course with the ratio mentioned above (2 to 1).

Many companies will already have employees completing this job role within the business and would just like their skills to be recognised. We would consider these individuals to be competent and, as such, just need a refresher or what we would call a conversion. These individuals have a good subject knowledge so we could consider a 1 day / 6 hour option, predominantly focusing on the practical element, including a test.

As with all of our courses we aim to cover all aspects but appreciate that perhaps sometimes you can't quite find a course that fits your needs. Please feel free to contact us if this is the case and we will endeavour to find a solution for you.

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Moving large vehicles can be difficult and put site operatives at risk. Our Yard Shunter course is designed to increase driver awareness of the dangers involved. Allowing your site to be more productive but a safer environment for your staff and visitors. 

2 Day - Novice Course 

Suitable for novice operators.

1 Day - Experienced or Conversion Course 

Suitable for experienced operators.

This training can be arrange at one of our training sites in Shrewsbury, Roden, Telford or Wrexham using our equipment. Or at your site nationwide using your equipment. 

RTITB Yard Shunter Instructor

License requirements

Free Training

You must be 17 years +

Free Training

You must have a valid UK driving licence (car)

LGV Class 2 Training Telford

Who should train?

This course is for people who don’t have a lorry licence but want to work in distribution centres, transport yards, and distribution hubs. This course enables you to drive Class 1 or Class 2 vehicles in these locations and learn the necessary operational and safety requirements for this type of role.

The Banksmen course is also suitable for people who direct the vehicles in and out of loading bays.

The Process

Get in touch.
We can arrange a flexible training course to work around your schedule.
Book your course.

Choose your payment method

What does the training include?

This course can be delivered at our Shropshire training site, or delivered anywhere across the UK. Dulson Training can supply the necessary equipment, or the trainee/company can supply their own equipment.

The course is split between classroom and practical training and is usually run over half a day, depending on trainee numbers and experience.

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Testimonials from our valued trainees
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A big thanks for all your help with getting me through my class 2. And a massive thanks to Allen for his patients and perseverance. Totally recommended to anyone thanks again

Louis Price

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Best driving school by far they helped me pass my class 1 and 2 and they did it at times that were suitable to me and they make sure you are 110% ready for your test Highly recommended

Barry Jarman

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Just to say a huge thank you for your help and patience in getting me through my test. Many Thanks Kate