Telford College is helping hundreds of job seekers on the road to new careers by securing HGV and fork lift truck driving licences.
The latest success stories include Saeid Shiri, Muhammed Wasim, Roger Hill, Malon Matemadombo, Nader Amini and Carl Nugent, who have all passed their practical tests to secure a Class 2 licence.
Telford College is collaborating with a number of specialist training colleges across the West Midlands on the project including A1 Training in Birmingham, PR Training and GTG in Willenhall, and Dulson Training in Shropshire.
Malon Matemadombo says he is delighted with the success of the course, having already been offered and accepted a job with A1 Training’s transport company.
Telford College launched its Sector-based Work Academy courses for HGV and fork lift truck licences five years ago. Since it started, an average of 650 learners have been put through the programme every year.
It was launched in response to the lack of qualified drivers, which employers said was causing serious disruption to the UK’s logistics and delivery chains.
Lora Rogers, Telford College’s employability relations manager, said: “Companies are desperate to fast-track new staff into the industry, so we are delighted at the success of this project.”
The college worked closely with employers and driver trainers to create a ‘Sector-based Work Academy’ specifically designed to provide jobseekers with the skills required for driving goods vehicles.
The courses range from one week to three weeks and are fully funded for those who are aged 19 plus, unemployed, or on an annual salary of less than £18,525.
For the HGV course you must also have a UK driving licence with no more than six points.
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