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A professional organism certified by the OPFQ (Professional Office for the Qualification of Training Organisms) and a member of the French Professional Training Federation, IFRA produced a 2011 turnover of 1.35 million euros. In the process of obtaining labelling from NF Service, it trains around 2,000 persons every year, from company heads to job seekers via employees. Originally set up in the Paris region and employing around ten employees, the centre intends to double its staff numbers in 2012 and to extend its geographical presence to Rennes, Marseille, Strasbourg and Martinique.
IFRAC Formation intervenes in four domains of different specialities: transport, logistics, driving and security. In terms of transport, the training centre offers proof of capacity for up to 3.5 tonnes, as well as certificates of activity (goods, passengers and freight forwarding). Moreover, new training for passenger transport has recently been introduced. Indeed, ever since the French 2011-2045 bill of 28 December 2011, future travel business owners using vehicles with under 9 seats are no longer subject to national capacity requirements but must follow four weeks of training with continuous assessment. With this in mind, IFRAC has recently doubled the capacity of its Parisian platform.
In terms of logistics, the organism offers training resulting in CACES (French certificates of aptitude for safe driving) for forklift trucks, auxiliary cranes, cherry pickers, and other worksite vehicles. In the domain of driving, the centre is aimed at holders of various types of driving licences: trailers, heavyweight trucks, super-heavyweight trucks, public transport vehicles. IFRAC Formation also offers other types of driving lessons: compulsory core or continuing training (FIMO/FCO) for goods or passenger carriage, as well as bridging lessons for goods or passenger carriage. Since March 2011, the following security training programmes have been offered: basic ADR(1) 8.2 training, ADR 8.2 tanks, ADR 8.2 petrol products, ADR 8.2 LPG. Finally, points-recovery courses allow penalised license holders to recover their driving licenses.
Lessons are held on the premises of the centre, but also available on the client’s territory. “We are capable of setting up customised training at the client business’s headquarters,” explains Raphaël Couturier, CEO of IFRAC Formation, insisting on the interests of the client to deal with a single training organism. Another argument in favour of the organism is its particularly competitive prices. “We have not increased our prices for four years,” assures Raphaël Couturier. In addition, IFRAC Formation has a team capable of analysing every request in order to reply in as precise a manner as possible and eventually adapt payment conditions to meet the client’s restrictions. “We can, in certain cases, offer credit facilities,” says Raphaël Couturier.
In addition, IFRAC Formation signed, in 2011, an agreement enabling it to sell CIEL software. It is useful for searching for finance as well as following up accounts or invoicing. In addition, the organism helps company heads at a period when Raphaël Couturier observes that “they are less and less well supported” and “transport is now considered a risky domain by bankers”. In this context, IFRAC offers training and support for project owners choosing to specialise in transport or logistics.
Always keeping a watch on new regulations, whether French or European, IFRAC Formation continually updates its programme. Lessons are offered all year round to meet the needs of all requests. This is a comprehensive offer – and also a reliable one. As Raphaël Couturier points out, “We never cancel any lessons.”
(1) European agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous goods by road.