The importance of understanding residual values and total cost of ownership will be part of a new training scheme for fleet managers that will launch in Poland in 2017.
The course, the first of its kind in Poland, will provide a far-reaching overview of fleet management best practice covering everything from vehicle acquisition, to in-life management and disposal.
It is being developed by the Polish fleet managers’ association Stowarzyszeniu Kierowników Flot Samochodowych (SKFS), in partnership with the country’s leasing association Polskim Związku Wynajmu i Leasingu Pojazdów (PZWLP) and the transport department of Warsaw University of Technology, Wydziale Transportu Politechniki Warszawskiej.
Natasha Jarońska-Ignatiuk, chief executive officer of the SKFS, said: ‘For a long time, members have discussed the need to launch a programme to prepare fleet managers for work. Until now, to obtain information about fleet management required a lot of hard work and many hours spent on different training courses that students had to source on their own.’
Company cars account for about two-thirds of new car registrations in Poland, up from less than half 10 years ago.
Sławomir Wontrucki, head of the PZWLP and chief executive officer of LeasePlan Poland, said: ‘There is an increasing need for skilled professionals in the management of car fleets, but there was a lack of formal training in this area. Our project is a response to the rapidly changing face of the fleet market in the country. There is growing demand for educated professionals in the field.’
Classes will be conducted by lecturers at the university and also by visiting fleet industry experts who are members of the PVRLA and SKFS. On completing the course, recipients will receive a post-graduate diploma in fleet management.
The car market in Poland is feeling the benefits of strong economic growth, including increased EU funding that will continue into 2017.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, GDP growth in Poland is expected to rise from 3% in 2016 to 3.5% in 2017 as unemployment falls and companies increase headcount. Growing employment is likely to lead to greater demand for company vehicles.
Fleet managers will also have to investigate new vehicle choices, as Poland has a stated aim of putting 1 million electric cars (EVs) on its roads by 2025.
Companies are likely to play a key role in mass adoption of EVs, with the energy ministry saying it will use tax incentives to increase demand.
The plan requires a massive rise in take-up of electric vehicles. In H1 2016, just 223 electric cars and 4,500 hybrids were registered.
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