Dart Group PLC News

Holbeach Campus Gets Big Tick

20th June 2007

Fowler Welch Coolchain Limited have been awarded a Business in the Community (BITC) Big Tick in recognition of excellent practice in the delivery of a language support course developed by the University of Lincoln's Holbeach Campus for migrant LGV drivers working for Fowler Welch Coolchain.

As part of the programme developed by the Holbeach Campus, in partnership with Fowler Welch Coolchain, migrant drivers were initially assessed and then enrolled on a 19-week short course, designed to help their language skills, particularly focusing on reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Culminating in a City & Guild's qualification the course was developed by Rachel Bowser and Sue Burke from the Holbeach Campus, and was designed as a response to a shortage of English-speaking LGV drivers as Rachel Bowser, Subject Leader, explains:

"Fowler Welch Coolchain wanted to improve safety and enable better communication with their migrant drivers. Working in partnership with Fowler Welch Coolchain we developed a programme which improved workplace understanding across a range of often quite complex areas, including tachographs and fines.

"The improvement in their English language skills also helped the drivers outside of work in more social situations. They were given a range of tailored learning materials, including CDs designed to be listened to whilst on the road, and because it is a short course, disruption was kept to an absolute minimum to the business."

The BITC Awards for Excellence recognise the positive impact of responsible business in the marketplace, workplace, environment and community. Having been awarded The Big Tick in the First Group Skills for Life Award Fowler Welch Coolchain and representatives from the Holbeach Campus will attend the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner to be held next month in London, where they will compete against their regional category peers.

"We are delighted with the course developed by the University of Lincoln's Holbeach Campus and thrilled to have been awarded The Big Tick. Rachel and Sue and the team at Holbeach devised a course which exactly met our requirements, and the benefit to Fowler Welch Coolchain and our drivers has been considerable. We hope to be able to continue our excellent working relationship with the Holbeach campus," comments Laurence Shea, job title, Fowler Welch Coolchain.

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