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Driving Ambition puts trainees on road to a new career in haulage

SCORES of jobs could be created through a new training scheme in Widnes that aims to put people in a new career in the commercial transport industry. The Driving Ambition[1] initiative opens up opportunities to train as part of an intensive skills programme to be ready for work as drivers. Claimed to be the first of its kind in the North West, the first 100 people to sign-up at the firm s Widnes Business Park centre can take advantage of a scheme that could see them pass their LGV test in only eight weeks for 1,900, half the price of similar courses, over half the normal course time..

The centre is the only one of its type in the region to employ its own DVSA-approved examiners. This helps cut test waiting times to three days, and means up to 20 people are able to become qualified drivers each week. Already, the first trainees are approaching the end of their course and will be looking to secure permanent LGV driving jobs,earning in excess of 30,000 a year.

The move by Driving Ambition is aimed at tackling a UK-wide demand for qualified drivers logistics and transport operators are currently struggling to recruit and it s estimated that an extra 150,000 trained drivers will be needed by 2020. The centre features the latest driver training equipment and facilities to fast-track people through the LGV qualification as quickly as possible. This includes classrooms, an outside manoeuvring area, a new fleet of training vehicles, as well as a team of experienced instructors to equip candidates with the skills, experience and certifications for a commercial vehicle driving career.

Adrian Daulby, Driving Ambition s director of operations, said the investment had been made to help keep the regional transport industry moving with the skilled drivers it needs: Our training programme provides a springboard for those looking to either get back into work as drivers or start a new career in the commercial transport sector.

With the six figure investment we ve made and our own on-site DVSA examiners, we are offering a unique opportunity for people to gain job-ready skills at a fraction of the cost of alternative training courses and in considerably less time. It s a win-win. One of the people from the first 100 nearing completion of their training is Mark Plaistow from Widnes, who is now looking to secure work as a driver. He said: I ve always been a practical person and I was looking for an opportunity to work in the transport industry that would allow me to learn a trade and gain useful skills.

The Driving Ambition programme has allowed me to do all that. It has given me the chance to learn skills that will be valued by an employer and provide a first step in a career as an LGV driver earning a good salary and long term career prospects.

Driving Ambition is a one-stop-shop training and testing programme that enables people to gain their CAT C and C+E licences, which qualifies them to drive LGVs.

Once qualified, Driving Ambition s resourcing team work closely with newly qualified drivers to identify the right opportunity for them and place them into work.

References

  1. ^ Driving Ambition (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)



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