Do you have a love of cars, knack for management, and talent for sales? Well, a career in fleet management may be right up your alley.
Whether you choose to focus on car or specialised asset fleet management, the fleet arena is sure to keep your engines revving while allowing you to make informed decisions on the allocation of specific cars to users, fuel and tyre selection, vehicle licensing, registration and maintenance, as well as fleet costing.
STRATEGIC WHEELS - WHAT IS FLEET MANAGEMENT?
Fleet management is a highly sought after skill in a rapidly expanding and lucrative industry. At its core, it is management of a company?s vehicle fleet and includes responsibilities such as vehicle tracking, mechanical diagnostics and driver behaviour.
A fleet manager plays a pivotal role in managing a businesses? bottom line because without careful monitoring of a vehicle?s delivery or collection point for example, products would not reach their destinations on time. This knock on effect can play havoc with a company?s overall service reputation and financial success.
Most companies have a fleet of vehicles under their control. Think courier services, retailers like Pick "n Pay, delivery vans, furniture movers - the list is endless. And with 85 percent of new vehicles being bought with company money in South Africa each year, a career in fleet management is worth looking into.
AM I THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE JOB?
Sarel Visagie, Lyceum College?s Fleet Management School head says that to be a successful fleet manager, you should have sound organisational skills because you will have to monitor and manage both a fleet of vehicles as well as drivers. You should be able to communicate with people efficiently to establish their individual needs and be confident about your decisions concerning the company requirements.
You will need to be computer literate and able to interpret costs and figures as it will be your responsibility to source the best vehicle for the job as well as monitor fuel consumption and price fluctuations. An interest in new technology such as GPS technology and tracking systems will help, because you will need to know how to find your fleet at the touch of a button.
WHAT JOB CAREER OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?
Any company that delivers, exports, imports or collects more than likely uses the skills of an apt fleet manager. So opportunities abound. But apart from working as a fleet manager, you will be able to pursue a career as a transport officer or in a motor manufacturer fleet sales division.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STUDY?
Lyceum College is one of the recommended South African institutions where you can study for an accredited certificate or diploma for fleet management. Lyceum?s Fleet Management learning programmes offer a good grounding about the theoretical component of this career. Lyceum?s learning programmes are offered via distance learning, a flexible and affordable study method which allows students to continue working while studying.
Contact: Lyceum College 0860 100 705 or visit www.lyceum.co.za for more information.
WHAT DO I NEED TO ENROL?
To enrol on either the Certificate or Diploma Fleet Management distance learning courses, you will need to have a Grade 12 qualification. You do not need a matric exemption but you must have completed at least five Grade 12 subjects on either higher or standard grade.