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Warehouse to Wheels Scheme Welcomes New Trainee Drivers

November 28, 2017

Eight new trainee LGV drivers have embarked on A.F. Blakemore’s Warehouse to Wheels driver training programme.

Blakemore Logistics ambient warehouse employees Jamie Skelding, Lee Lloyd, Ronald Windsor, Lee Capewell, Adam Capewell, Dwain Wright, Nathan Rafferty and Matthew Baguley have all enrolled on the course to become LGV drivers.

They join Pete Turner and Luke Moffatt from Foodservice Wakefield, Jack Tinker from Wholesale’s Grimsby depot, Mark Knight from Logistics and James Brownhill from Foodservice Darlaston, who began the course earlier this year.

The Warehouse to Wheels driver training programme was launched in 2008 by A.F. Blakemore to provide warehouse employees the opportunity to train as LGV Class C drivers.

The programme is available to staff from Blakemore Foodservice and Blakemore Logistics, and in the West Midlands the course is delivered by training providers GTG.

To be eligible for the course, staff need to be at least 18 years of age and have held a clean driving licence for at least a year. Once accepted on the programme, candidates will undergo a medical to ensure their fitness.

The course then includes a three-part theory test on LGV Hazard and Perception, LGV Multiple Choice and LGV Certificate of Professional Competence, and Class C Driver Training.

A total of 12% of the company’s current drivers have come through the Warehouse to Wheels training programme, with 19% of these drivers then going on to achieve a Class C+E licence.

One of these is Nathan Cullum, who went through the Warehouse to Wheels programme through the company's apprentice scheme. He has now progressed to a Class C+E driver and is delivering on double-deck trailers.

Nathan commented: “This was a fantastic opportunity for me. I appreciate the training available to progress through to C+E and I love my role as a driver delivering to many different stores across the country.”

Logistics Compliance Manager Dave Higgs commented: “With the current driver shortfall in the UK in the region of 52,000, the A.F. Blakemore Warehouse to Wheels programme, which aims to home-grow our drivers, has been a great success and gives a great platform for warehouse staff to progress within the company.”

Colleagues interested in the programme can apply by contacting Graduate Learning & Development Officer Olivia Millard ( .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). 
 

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Piotr Jop and Martin Cunningham, who achieved their LGV Class C+E and C driving licences respectively on A.F. Blakemore's driver training programme earlier this year

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