Dated: 11 Oct, 2019
As the driver shortage conundrum continues to threaten to derail the wheels of industry, some forward-thinking companies are developing innovative solutions to help circumvent the issue. One such business is Selco Builders Warehouse – affectionately known as Selco by the trade - which has been providing building supplies to the nation for over 100 years.
Fleetmaster has been enlisted to support Selco’s ‘Driving Academy’ initiative which aims to nurture new LGV drivers from within the business. In conjunction with Interserve Learning & Employment, who are managing the Level 2 Apprenticeship programme, Fleetmaster will be delivering both practical and theoretical elements of the training over a 14-month period. Selco is hoping to produce up to 50 fully qualified LGV drivers in the first tranche of the programme.
The opportunity to apply for the training scheme, which was offered to all Selco employees, generated a great deal of interest. Simon Ball, HR Development Manager, Selco Builders Warehouse, explains the rationale.
“We are aware that not all colleagues have a burning desire to become a supervisor or a duty manager. The chance to become a fully qualified LGV driver brings with it the potential to significantly increase career opportunities and earning potential and it has proved appealing for many. We had initial interest from 58 colleagues and I would expect a high percentage of those to start the apprenticeship.”
Applicants that passed an initial assessment attended launch events in Birmingham and Watford on 1st and 2nd October. “This apprenticeship will not only benefit Selco and their people, but the industry as a whole. Selco’s decision to utilise the apprenticeship levy will create more drivers, open up opportunities and develop existing talent. We cannot wait to start sharing our expertise in building and maintaining exceptional driving skills with the LGV drivers of the future,” said John Boocock, Director, Fleetmaster.
“We are thrilled to be working with Selco and Fleetmaster to bring the apprenticeship to fruition. These forward-thinking companies share our vision to inspire talent and invest in people through innovative training solutions,” said Jennifer Munslow, Account Manager at Interserve Learning & Employment.