The Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) was established in February 2007 to manage, on behalf of the Competent Authorities in the UK, the approval and quality assurance of centres and courses delivering Periodic Training in line with the requirements set out in the European Union (EU) Directive on Initial and Periodic Training.
Only training that is approved by the “Competent Authority” is accepted as Periodic Training.In the UK, there are two competent authorities:in Great Britain the Competent Authority is the Secretary of State for Transport and in Northern Ireland the Department of the Environment is the Competent Authority - the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) acts on behalf of the Competent Authority for Great Britain and the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) acts on behalf of the Competent Authority for Northern Ireland.JAUPT operates under a Service Level Agreement with DSA and DVA.
JAUPT’s remit covers training towards the Periodic Training element of the Directive; JAUPT has specific responsibilities to:
- approve training centres to deliver Periodic Training;
- approve courses as complying with the requirements for Periodic Training;
- issue unique numbers for each training centre and course;
- manage the quality assurance process for training centres and courses to ensure that standards and approval criteria are upheld.
JAUPT has developed rapidly since 2007 in order to deliver its remit in the context of an evolving training infrastructure and evolving requirements for the management of Periodic Training in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
JAUPT is incorporated as a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee’, jointly guaranteed and governed by Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the freight logistics and wholesaling industry, and People 1st the SSC for the hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism sector.
The JAUPT Manager reports to the JAUPT Board and has overall responsibility for the day to day management of JAUPT and for overseeing all aspects of the service delivery, including business planning, resourcing and service development.
The JAUPT operational activities are broken down into two main areas, approvals and quality assurance.The Approvals Team being responsible for processing centre and course applications and the Quality Assurance Team responsible for planning and reviewing centre audits and course inspections