From the classroom to the cab for two hardworking HGV drivers

Published: April 11, 2019

Malcolm Curbishley has secured his dream job as a full-time driver at West Bromwich transport company, Transervice. He recently completed the Telford College HGV Sector-Based Work Academy at Transervice Training, and passed his Class 2 driver training and CPC.

Sector-based work academies are designed to help meet employers’ immediate and future recruitment needs, helping them recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and develop their business.

Oliver Stevens, an employability advisor at Telford College, said: “Malcolm is a great example of someone who has completed the Telford College programme and progressed into employment within the industry.”

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Malcolm Palmer, a tutor at Telford College, said: “The qualifications delivered as part of the training are designed to help our candidates develop core warehousing and storage skills and customer service principles as well as employability knowledge.”

Rafay Anwar also attended the HGV course at Transservice, completing his three-week training programme and gained four new qualifications (Level 1 Personal Development for Employment, Level 2 Customer Service, Level 2 Warehousing and Storage Principles and Level 2 Driving Goods Vehicles - Van Pathway).

Rafay’s success came with some initial challenges – since English is not his primary language, there were some barriers for him to overcome.

Tutor Malcolm Palmer said: “Rafay showed very quickly he was not going to allow this to hold him back. As the course progressed, coupled with some additional tuition from myself, there was a visible, steady improvement not just in his written and spoken English but also his level of confidence.”

Rafay’s enthusiasm never dwindled, and as the course progressed, he began considering his future options and after discussion with the college and some significant research, he set his mind to achieving a Transport Management qualification.

Rafay has now completed his Class 2 Driver Training and all the additional qualifications that are required to achieve this. He’s now progressing in his dream career as a driver and working towards his Transport Management CPC, all thanks to his training with Telford College and Transervice.

With the driver shortage being predicted at over 45,000 (according to the Road Haulage Association), it’s never been more important to inject new drivers such as Malcolm and Rafay into the industry.

Employability advisor Oliver said: “’The Class 2 Driver programme has been developed for individuals looking to begin a career in the within HGV driving & Logistics operations. Moving forward our mission is to network and grow our partners within the driving & logistics industry, we are committed to searching for exciting opportunities for the drivers fresh from our Cat C/Class 2 driver training programmes, thus supporting the national need for drivers in the sector.”

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