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A First for Fowler Welch with Apprentice Training Scheme

March 24, 2017 at 15:05

Fowler Welch is embarking on a major initiative for 2017, investing in the drivers of the future with the launch of its new training pledge.

The driver apprenticeship programme will initially launch across six of the nine sites in a bid to attract new talent to the UK logistics industry, helping to tackle the shortage of drivers in the UK. The programme, which is recruiting now, is open to drivers of any age who want a range of career development opportunities in a skilled industry and will be developed into proficient LGV drivers.

Fowler Welch is teaming up with Driving Careers and Talent Training to deliver the course, which will see apprentices enhance their knowledge across areas such as regulations and legislation, customer service, fuel efficient driving, route planning and use of specialist equipment and machinery.

While the majority of training will take place on the job, each trainee will receive regular advisor visits throughout the 12 month programme, offering continued assessment and support.

Following a successful evaluation of their skills, knowledge and ability, graduates of the programme will be presented with a Level 2 LGV Standard qualification and will be offered a permanent driver role in the Fowler Welch team.

The training programme has been set up not only to bring new talented drivers to Fowler Welch, but to play a larger part in the future success of the industry as a whole. The profile of LGV drivers is ageing, with a large number approaching retirement, so recruitment and training is essential. Coupled with the growth of the food and drink industry, recent stats suggest that the UK logistics industry is short of 45,000-60,000 drivers.

Alan Hanrahan, Driver Development Manager at Fowler Welch says, “At Fowler Welch we see it as our responsibility not just to train and nurture talent for ourselves, but to resource the logistics sector as a whole and this programme is the first step in doing that.

“We have committed to hiring and training 50 driving trainees throughout 2017 and hope to introduce even more talented people into the industry in years to come. Our aim is to equip the trainees with the skills and know-how to thrive in a growing industry and establish a long-lasting career for themselves.”

There are currently spaces on the training programme at Fowler Welch’s Spalding, Heywood, Nuneaton, Teynham, Hilsea and Washington depots. Candidates must be 18+, have a valid full UK driver’s license and meet the trainee criteria set by Fowler Welch.