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Mobile Freight Services goes apprentice route to recruit drivers

  • 25 September 2012
  • By derren hayes

Birmingham-based haulier Mobile Freight Services has set up a driver apprenticeship scheme with a local college after struggling to recruit enough young C+E licence holders.

Ian Jolley, sales director at the family-run business which has been going for more than 30 years, said the one-year training course created with North Warwickshire and Hinckley College will help them mould young drivers around the needs of the business.

Funding from the National Apprenticeship Service is helping pay for the training of the first two apprentice drivers (and a third undertaking a logistics and operations qualification), who will supplement their education by working at the business.

Jolley said: “We pay the apprentices £2,000 less than the minumum wage to cover the cost of fast-tracking of the licence. So we break even.”

He added that if successful the scheme will be repeated so that apprentice graduates can replace older employees retiring before the Driver CPC requirements are introduced in two years’ time.

The company has around 40 drivers and handles distribution for Apple, Jaguar Landrover and Cadbury Kraft.

Pic caption: (bottom from left) Jolley with Justin Pattison, operations and logistics management apprentice. (Top row from left) Scott Turner and Mike Stretton-Byrne (both doing the driving goods vehicles apprenticeship)


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