Dewsbury-based Brocklehurst Transport is helping its employees to accelerate their careers after implementing a number of training initiatives across the business.
In late 2021, it implemented an Upskill Program, giving drivers the training they need to achieve their Class C&E licences. Since then, a duo of drivers have successfully passed their tests to become qualified HGV drivers.
Paul Skitt joined Brocklehurst Transport on the Upskill Program in January 2022 and less than 9 months later, he became the first employee to achieve his Class C&E licence through the scheme. A few weeks later, the scheme saw its second graduate, after Graham Humphreys sailed through his Class C&E test, passing with zero minors. Gaining these sought-after qualifications has helped to put Paul and Graham on the road to exciting new careers and allowed Brocklehurst Transport to continue delivering the quality service that they are known for.
In 2021, the Road Haulage Association predicted that the UK logistics industry was suffering a shortage of roughly 100,000 HGV drivers as a result of the pandemic and Brexit, putting additional pressure on an industry that was already struggling to fill vacancies.
However, this shortage is estimated to have dramatically improved thanks to driver training schemes like Brocklehurst’s Upskill Program. With another employee booked on to the program in January, the business hopes to see many more successful employees achieving their HGV licences in the future.
The company is also committed to helping the next generation get into the industry through apprenticeship schemes. Recently, Phoebe Bird, POD Clerk, passed her Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship with Brocklehurst Transport and achieved a distinction, giving her a solid foundation to build upon in her future career.
Phoebe commented: “It’s been great to complete my apprenticeship here at Brocklehurst Transport, the team are all so supportive and I am thankful for the help they have given me in gaining my qualification. The apprenticeship has given me a great opportunity to progress my career and I would recommend doing an apprenticeship with Brocklehurst to anyone wanting to progress in logistics.”
Dave Webster, Managing Director at Brocklehurst Transport, commented: “As a company, we feel that training from within and upskilling people is a vital part of the industry. We are passionate about helping our employees maximise their potential whilst also recruiting and training the next generation of logistics experts. I am very proud of all our graduates and everything they have achieved; I am hopeful that we can continue offering these great opportunities to our employees and have many more complete these programs in the future.”
The business is hoping to help another young person advance their career in the logistics industry by recruiting a warehouse apprentice on a Level 2 Supply Chain Operative apprenticeship. This provides a fantastic opportunity for anyone wanting to gain a qualification that directly relates to logistics by offering a range of learning experiences that will help to build and develop a good knowledge of the industry. Find out more about this opportunity and apply here:https://www.nltg.co.uk/job/apprentice-warehouse-operative-104/
Anyone wanting more information about the opportunities available at Brocklehurst Transport can contact the team on 01924 468 811.