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Driver training specialist Paul Collier has been appointed national Training and Development manager for one of the UK’s leading industrial and driving recruitment agencies.

Paul’s UK role is based at Trafford Park, on the outskirts of Manchester, for the Yorkshire-based Transline Group.

Transline was named & lsquo;Most Outstanding Outsourced Recruitment Organisation’ in last year’s industry awards, is currently UK’s fastest growing recruitment company in its sector and has reported its fifth successive year of double digit growth with sales in 2012 of over &pound70 million.

The company was set up by Managing Directors Paul Beasley and Jon Taylor, starting from a single office in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1998 and now runs an 80-site UK-wide network as well as having operations in Ireland, Eastern Europe, Spain and Canada.

Paul Collier joins from logistics specialist Wincanton where he worked for 14 years and spent the last eight as Driver Training and Development Manager.

His new role at Transline’s Driver Training Division covers complete licence acquisition from company cars through light commercial vehicles to 44-ton trucks, driver assessments, UK and international certificates of professional competence, health and safety and a complete package that deals with everything related to transport driver training.

“I have worked closely with Transline for a number of years,” he says, “and know that they never want to stand still. It’s just not an option for a company that is a front runner in change and development of new ideas for customers.

“Transline’s & lsquo;can-do’ ethic is now planning a national network of driver training academies that will break new ground and keep them even further ahead of the competition.”

Paul Collier was born in Harpurhey, Manchester, went to school in nearby Newton Heath and still lives in the same area, at Middleton.

He joins The Transline Group after setting up Wincanton’s &pound900,000 base operation on the Isle of Man as part of the company’s major transport operation of 385 full and part-time drivers and an average of 120 agency drivers per day.

Paul’s previous responsibilities included driver training, legal conformance, health and safety, store risk assessments and driver CPC. He also played an active role as part of Wincanton’s driver steering group developing new and updating training material in line with changes in legislation.

“That wealth of experience doesn’t come along every day,” say Transline Group’s Managing Directors Jon Taylor and Paul Beasley.

”Our market has become highly specialist in the last few years and we are now lifting the bar for Transline drivers by developing a training programme that raises professional standards of improvement and performance.

“Our innovative driver training programme could also fight unemployment by back-filling a national 30 per cent shortage of LGV drivers from our own highly trained skill bank.

“In this way Paul Collier will play a central role in helping Transline to raise driving standards while strengthening a future generation of transport professionals.”

Away from Transline, Paul enjoys an outdoor leisure life of camping and hill walking – a result of 12 years as a soldier with the 14th/20th Kings Hussars, now the Kings Own Hussars, serving in Cyprus, Germany, Canada, UK and Northern Ireland. Paul was a driving and maintenance instructor, spent two years teaching potential officers and boxed for his regiment.


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