Fowler Welch has launched its first driver training programme across three of its nine sites in a bid to attract new talent to the UK logistics industry.

The company will start recruiting from January 2017 and is looking for drivers of any age who want a range of career development opportunities in a skilled industry and will be developed into proficient LGV drivers.

This is the first of such programmes to be launched by Fowler Welch who, alongside Driving Careers and Talent Training, will enhance the trainees’ knowledge in a range of areas including regulations and legislation, customer service, fuel efficient driving, route planning and use of specialist equipment and machinery.

Throughout the 12 month apprentice programme, regular advisor visits will take place to offer continued assessment of each trainee. Following successful evaluation of their skills, knowledge and ability, the trainees will receive a Level 2 LGV Standard qualification and be invited to adopt a permanent role in the Fowler Welch team.

Alan Hanrahan, Driver Development Manager at Fowler Welch says; "The profile of LGV drivers is ageing, with a large number approaching retirement. Couple this with the growth of the food and drink industry and recent statistics suggest that the UK logistics industry is short of 45,000-60,000 drivers.

"At Fowler Welch we see it as our responsibility not just to train and nurture talent for ourselves, but to resource the logistics sector as a whole and this programme is the first step in doing that.

"In 2017, we have committed to hiring and training 50 driving trainees, with hopes to bring even more talented people into the industry in the coming years. We are aiming to equip the trainees with the skills and know-how to thrive in a growing industry and establish a long-lasting career.

There are currently spaces on the training programme at the following Fowler Welch depots; Heywood, Nuneaton and Washington. Candidates must be 18+, have a valid full UK driver’s license and meet the trainee criteria set by Fowler Welch.

To find out more information or apply for the programme, contact Stephen Behan on 073981 92819, email stephen@apprenticeships4-u.com