A.F. Blakemore & Son’s driver training programmes have helped 108 colleagues to gain a new LGV driving licence for the free over the past 12 months, with a further 34 people are currently on a driver training programme with the business.
Blakemore has covered all training costs and fees for the programme which launched in 2008. Logistics compliance manager Dave Higgs commented: “The driver shortage in the UK is one of the biggest challenges facing the logistics sector. As a business we have been doing our best to step up to the challenge by adjusting our recruitment processes, reviewing driver pay and benefits and investing in driver training.”
“Our training programmes offer both existing colleagues and new recruits a fantastic opportunity to progress their careers at the same time as ensuring a pipeline of qualified drivers to help the business remain profitable and sustainable for the long term,” he added.
Driver training opportunities have been made available across A.F. Blakemore’s distribution depots in the West Midlands, South Wales, Bedford and Wakefield.