Wolseley UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme for large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers.

The salaried scheme includes a training package worth £7,000 and begins in April, lasting for a year. Successful apprentices will graduate with a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles, a C+E license, Driver CPC and a forklift license.

Delivered in partnership with Telford College, the apprenticeship scheme comprises both ‘on the road’ and classroom-based training, teaching the technical elements associated with the highest standards of driving, as well as functional skills in Maths and English.

In addition to recruiting new talent, Wolseley UK is further investing in its fleet by training all 123 existing drivers during working hours under a Framework of Excellence, which will see those who successfully complete the programme awarded a Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles.

Joanne Smith, HR director at Wolseley UK, said: "Wolseley UK aims to be the employer of choice in its industry and in order to attract and retain the best talent we've made sure that we offer innovative, exciting and industry-leading career opportunities."

Alan Newton, head of distribution and fleet at Wolseley UK, said: "Excellent customer service and fantastic product availability relies on a world-class distribution fleet. We are proud to invest in our drivers, grow our own people and run the safest, most efficient fleet in the UK."