Selco Builders Warehouse, working in partnership with Interserve Learning & Employment and Fleetmaster, has launched a Driving Academy for its staff, the first phase of which could produce up to 50 fully qualified HGV drivers.
The initiative is designed to provide staff members with new career opportunities and address the shortage of HGV drivers.
Staff members selected to be part of the scheme will embark on a 14-month Level 2 Apprenticeship. They will complete the practical elements of the course within four months and will then continue with the theoretical and educational sections.
Selco HR Development Manager Simon Ball was delighted with the interest the scheme generated. He said: “We are aware that not all colleagues have a burning desire to become a supervisor or a duty manager.
“The chance to become a fully qualified HGV driver brings with it the potential to significantly increase career opportunities and earning potential and it has proved appealing for many.
“We had initial interest from 58 colleagues and I would expect a high percentage of those to start the apprenticeship.”
Selco staff who signed up for the apprenticeship and passed an initial assessment attended launch events in Birmingham and Watford this week.
The apprenticeships will be overseen by leading training provider Interserve Learning & Employment, with Fleetmaster conducting the practical driving elements of the course.
Jennifer Munslow, Account Manager at Interserve Learning & Employment, said: “We are proud to be a trusted partner and we look forward to working with Selco's employees over the 14 months of their apprenticeship. Throughout the programme, our experienced team of training specialists will be on-hand to offer information, advice and guidance each step of the way. This will be a new challenge for the employees, but one which can lead to a long and successful career.”