Driver training partnership gives unemployed people a lift

Published: November 29, 2017

Telford College is giving young and unemployed people the chance of a career in the HGV and fork lift truck industries, thanks to a thriving partnership with a West Midlands training company.
The college is working with Transervice Training Limited, a leading provider of logistics training to the transport and logistics sector, to create a tailor-made free training programme.
The training, which is delivered at the company’s 40,000 sq ft base in West Bromwich, provides a mix of the practical and academic tuition needed to gain a fork lift truck or HGV driving licence.

Photo of Martin Walker from Wolverhampton in his cab | partnership

Martin Walker from Wolverhampton in his cab

The courses are particularly aimed at people across the West Midlands who receive a benefit from Job Centre Plus.

Transervice sales director Darren Parker said: “The partnership with Telford College is working very well, providing the best of both worlds.
“I’ve always been keen to promote logistics industry training to young and unemployed people, and with this partnership we’ve been able to create a programme which gives both the practical and theoretical knowledge.
“We’ve already put dozens of people through their fork lift truck or HGV driver training, with the college taking care of the employability side of training, and our site here in West Bromwich able to provide the practical work experience.
“It has given us a chance to reach many previously unemployed people, and help to provide them with a way into our industry. We are delighted with how the whole project is working.”

Photo of Michael Northall of Rowley Regis with his pass certificate | partnership

Michael Northall of Rowley Regis with his pass certificate

Craig Howard, from the business development team at Telford College, said: “It’s been clear for quite some time that the logistics industry is short of drivers, and there aren’t many options out there for job seekers to get into the industry without investing a large amount of money.
“After much planning to identify how a driver training programme could work for all parties, we began work with Transervice Training and Job Centre Plus to offer a programme in West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
“This programme offers job seekers the opportunity to complete HGV Class 2 training for free. With numerous links to local employers, many of our learners have gone straight into work.
“Since April more than 70 job seekers have completed this programme and we are working closely with Transervice, as well as other companies GTG training and Go-Direct training, to offer further programmes to keep up with demand.”

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