1000th driver triumph at Pertemps
Pertemps’ £1m investment into driver training has been a roaring success as the 1000th candidate is trained as a professional driver in answer to a nationwide shortage.
Tom Williams, the 1000th trained candidate, revved his way to success after passing his LGV Cat C and C+E tests within 12 months, all thanks to Pertemps Driver Training.
25-year-old Williams said, “Before driving I worked in a factory as a production operative. I wanted a career change and after a recommendation from a friend, I headed to Pertemps to ask about their LGV opportunities.
“I fancied an office with a view and driving certainly gives me that. You’re going to different parts of the country everyday – it’s always a new experience and that’s what I love.”
With a current shortage of commercial drivers nationally, Pertemps decided to tackle the problem head-on by launching the Driver Training Academy in Crick, Northamptonshire back in summer 2014 with the help of Director John Poliquin and General Manager Samantha Earl.
Since then, the Academy has grown and the scheme has been a triumph. Along with our national campaign, #GetBehindTheWheel, to attract more people to a driving career, Pertemps has successfully trained 1000 drivers.
Earl said, “In answer to the national shortage of LGV drivers we took the lead and invested our cash into the next generation of drivers. To date that investment sits at £1million with no sign of stopping yet!
“We believe that providing delegates with the best environment to learn will in turn aid them in not only passing their tests but also in supporting their future work in logistics.”
After over 50 years of experience in the driving and logistics arena, Pertemps have more than enough knowledge and love sharing it with new and existing drivers. Whether it’s LGV, HIAB, forklift or van driving a candidate is interested in, we have the expert training for it all.
In 2015 free training was extended to the MOD and its Army leavers and reservists. We have been able to provide over 300 army personnel with the relevant training to allow them to enjoy a safe career in commercial logistics. As a result, Pertemps were presented with a ‘Gold Award’ for employment partnership by Prince William.
Earl added, “We pride ourselves on investing in our employees and that includes our temporary workers. We hope many other commercial companies join us in proactively reducing the national driver shortage as we have.”
Pictured: Tom Williams with a senior consultant