Testimonials from some of Glen Edmunds Advanced Driving participants:
UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) have had three Armoured Vehicle Training courses conducted by GEDPS for its staff based in Nairobi and Somalia over two months period in September to October 2009. Further two trainings were carried out on behalf of one of our agency-UNICEF in Hargeisa, Somaliland in January 2010. Over all, more than forty staffs went through the training. It was exemplary of Glen to agree to travel inside Somalia to train our staff. GEPDS has displayed the quality and effectiveness of their lessons combined with qualified instructors who have good knowledge in their fields. The driving skills imparted at the training are extremely important and potentially lifesaving considering the increased level of insecurity in the duty stations of our staffs. Feedback from participants is that they are happy with the techniques learned from GEPDS which improved their driving skills. Most of the students have undoubtedly gained valuable experience from this course.
UNDSS will continue using the good training services of GEPD in future and I have no hesitation to highly recommend their services to any organizations. Santosh Dhungana, Training Officer, FSCO UNDSS Somalia
This is to confirm that the British High Commission regularly uses Glen Edmunds Performance Driving School to train all our Staff on driving related issues. It is mandatory for all our new staff members to attend the Performance Driving Incorporating Counter Car-Jacking Course run by Glen Emdunds, needless to say that so far it is the most talked about training course on my training calendar! Those who have attended always come back to ask when they can do a refresher. Glen Edmunds has also trained our Drivers on Armoured Car Training and 4WD Off Road Driving courses and each of those have received rave reviews. The impact of the training has been noted in our drivers as driving patterns/habits have changed and therefore reducing maintenance costs, and drivers are able to detect simple defects on their own and advise the mechanics to take a look. I confidently recommend Glen Edmunds to anyone for all their driver training needs. Rosemary, Arende, Human Resources Manager, British High Commission
It’s excellent! George K. Mbugua, World Bank.
The service we have received from your company has been very professional in both the administration of the training and the high standard of training our drivers have received. This has led to a significant improvement in overall driving standards and a marked reduction in the number of road traffic accidents recorded within our organization, which can be directly attributed to the high standard of training they have received. Since entering into this collaboration with your organization, approximately sixty drivers have been trained by your school as well as a number of drivers that have been recruited, trained and provided to our staff. I have no problem with recommending your school and services to any other organization that requires a professional company to provide and train it’s drivers to a high standard. John Johnson, Area Security Manager, Sub Saharan Africa, British American Tobacco (BAT)
I have twice commissioned Glen Edmunds, of the Glen Edmunds Performance Driving School, to run driving courses in Somaliland for the state’s Immigration Service. Both training courses took place over 10 day periods in Berbera and in Hargeisa with the instruction delivered through a Somali interpreter. Having monitored the programme, I can now state that the longevity of the Service’s vehicle fleet has been dramatically improved by the skills taught and absorbed through these courses… Glen Edmunds, himself, is a highly experienced driver, and an excellent teacher with both patience and enthusiasm. He has a natural understanding of the cross language and cultural challenges, which are fundamental to any course that is to be delivered using interpreters. I can highly recommend the courses run by Glen Edmunds. Colonel Rob Andrew, Regional Advisor, British High Commission
Dyncorp International Sudan contracted with Glen Edmunds Performance Driving School to train Sudanese soldiers to driver vehicles being provided to the SPLA through a series of assistance programs from the US government Dept of State. These young men had little if any experience operating motorized vehicles when they arrived at our school house. Mr Edmunds and his crew set up a course of instruction that not only provided basic driver skills but produced a cadre of top quality drivers now being used as trainers through out the SPLA…Should you have the opportunity to engage Glen Edmunds Performance Driving School in the course of your business, please know that you will be hiring a highly professional organization that will exceed your highest expectations. Roger Bar, Deputy Program Manager, SST Program, DynCorp International
Dear Glen, Thank you for all your assistance during Sir Richard Branson’s visit to Kenya. The professional attitude displayed by yourself and your team has been refreshing, and I will definitely be using your services in the future. Wishing you and your business every success in the future. With very best regards, Mike Higgins, Regional General Manager Africa, VIRGIN Airways
Glen (Edmunds) delivered a package of training that was outstanding and all of the students benefited from his calm and reassuring approach. Hi natural ability to impart knowledge to the students gave them the confidence on the course that they needed…I have no doubt that the driving incidents involving the students will be significantly reduced due to the quality of training given by GEPDS and I would not hesitate to recommending GEPDS to other organisations. G. Ferguson, SSgt British Military Training Team (Military Transport)
The Humanitarian Peace Support School in Nairobi, Kenya conducts pre-deployment training for United Nations Military Observers and United Nations Police Officers who have been nominated for operational service with UNAMID in Darfur, AMISOM in Somalia and other African Union or UN deployments such as Liberia, DRC or CAR. As part of the mandatory training delivered the delegates must undergo vehicle handling, basic maintenance and cross-country driving training to suit the conditions in the mission areas. GEPDS was selected using the normal tender procedure to provide this training and from the very start was a professionally run and efficient training organisation. The training was delivered to students of all levels of ability and was thorough, clear and of a consistently high standard of delivery. All members of the GEPDS instructional team were polite, spoke clearly, were smart and professional at all times. Each displayed a high standard of personal ability and were successful in communicating their experience to the groups. I would not hesitate to recommend GEPDS to any professional organisation or individual that requires driver training in the future.
R P AllenWO2 (QMSI) RE, Training Coordinator, Humanitarian Peace Support School/British Support Team
Since Glen Edmunds Performance Driving conducted Driver Training for us in August 2005, the most noticeable benefit is that since training we have had not a single major accident. Our Alarm Response business requires that our vehicles are driven quickly to emergency situations and the eradication of major accidents brings with it huge benefits. In addition we have recorded a 50% drop in smaller, less serious, accidents. Although this type of crash tends not to result in injuries, they do cost the company financially. The savings have been significant. Since the training, we have been confident enough to opt for 3rd party insurance cover on a fleet of 100 leased vehicles in Kenya. Our accident record gave the leasing company the confidence to agree to waive the requirement for comprehensive cover. That alone has resulted in savings in the tens of millions. Clearly a well run fleet is the result of many controls working in tandem. Driver training is a vital part and we have no doubt that what’s on offer from Glen Edmunds Performance Driving has helped us save lives, improve our public image, reduce accidents and save money. Patrick Grant, General Manager KK Security.
NB Since receiving these testimonials we have recently rebranded from Glen Edmunds Performance Driving School to Glen Edmunds Advanced Driving.