AF Blakemore helps 108 employees gain new LGV licence

AF Blakemore & Son has enabled 108 of its employees to gain a new LGV [large goods vehicle] driving licence in the past 12 months, free of charge.

As a result of embarking on LGV driver training with the company, 77 colleagues have obtained a Class 1 licence and 31 a Class 2 licence.

AF Blakemore has covered all training costs and fees. A further 34 people are currently on a driver training programme with the business.

With an ongoing commitment to colleague learning and development, AF Blakemore launched its first LGV driver training programme in 2008.

Today the business runs two driver training programmes that enable both employees and prospective employees with no prior LGV driving experience to train as Class 1 or 2 drivers. Class 1 upgrades are available for AF Blakemore colleagues with six months of service.

Logistics compliance manager Dave Higgs commented: “The driver shortage in the UK is one of the biggest challenges facing the logistics sector.

“As a business we have been doing our best to step up to the challenge by adjusting our recruitment processes, reviewing driver pay and benefits and investing in driver training.

“Our training programmes offer both existing colleagues and new recruits a fantastic opportunity to progress their careers at the same time as ensuring a pipeline of qualified drivers to help the business remain profitable and sustainable for the long term.”

Over the past 18 months, AF Blakemore has invested around £250,000 in driver training.

In the past 12 months alone, 78 new recruits have been taken on by the company specifically for driver training.

Driver training opportunities have been made available across AF Blakemore’s distribution depots in the West Midlands, South Wales, Bedford and Wakefield.

Published Date: September 30, 2022
Category: Wholesale Industry News