Fast-track training to develop skilled drivers
THE logistics industry in East Yorkshire has an exciting opportunity to gain a significant boost.
Abbey Logistics Group is launching a training facility to help increase employment in the industry and create a thriving logistics workforce.
The firm in Littlefair Road, Hull, has invested in its training centre to make the region's drivers and prospective employees the best in the industry.
The anticipated news from energy giant Siemens has resulted in people across the region hoping for a much-needed surge of positivity and influx of job creation in Hull and East Yorkshire, which could enable the region to excel in a number of industries – logistics included.
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The training centre will provide a range of different courses including driver CPC, ADR, DGSA and tanker driver training.
The CPC is an EU legislation aimed at improving driving standards and road safety. Before next year, lorry drivers must take 35 hours of training to gain their qualification.
Steve Granite is the managing director of the firm. He said the idea to launch the centre came about with not only the decline of numbers of HGV drivers but next year's deadline looming. He also said Hull was the ideal place to launch the idea.
Mr Granite said: "By September next year, if drivers don't do the training, they will lose their licence and the company will be fined.
"We chose Hull as the location for the centre because of the industry here. It is a good logistics industry and there are the right facilities but having this centre will, hopefully, boost the logistics industry in the city, too."
Spiralling fuel costs and a slow economic recovery have had a crippling effect on many logistics companies over the past year but Abbey Logistics, which specialises in the food ingredient market and employs about 50 people at its Hull depot, hopes to increase the logistics workforce and make people in the industry much more employable with their qualifications and expert training.
The centre will not only provide training for people already in the industry but will provide the chance to learn the skills for those who want to launch into the logistics workforce.
The new facility, which Mr Granite said he is hoping to see 1,000 drivers pass through the doors in the first year, is set to open towards the end of this month and will provide courses on a Saturday, to enable flexibility for workers.
According to Mr Granite, there are a couple of other facilities in the area providing these courses but Abbey wants to provide that "bit extra".
The firm has spent a significant sum of money renovating the space in the depot from its previous home as a café and to add to the experience, those who embark on a course will gain eco-friendly driving skills, too.
Mr Granite said: "We have a focus in a greener future. We are very big on the environment.
"The CPC courses will involve efficient driving.
"You will go away from the course driving better and saving fuel."
Mr Granite said he believes this green focus should also improve employability for people in Hull.
He said: "There are a lot of people offering CPC courses but we are in the industry and know what companies want. We want to deliver training that gets a result at the end and people benefit from it.
"If people in Hull get the qualifications, employers don't need to look outside Hull for their staff."
Not only is the firm providing courses, it is aiming to give the city's youngsters a head start in the logistics industry. The business, which works with bulk liquids in the food industry, working for global companies such as Cadbury's and Nestle, is set to head into schools and teach youngsters aged 12 to 16 about a career in logistics.
Mr Granite said: "It is important to introduce the logistics industry in Hull. There are talented people here who may not have the finances to go to university.
"We think if we can introduce youngsters to logistics, we can give them an insight into the jobs available to them.
"Youth unemployment is at a record level and the logistics industry is screaming out for young people."
Mr Granite also said that with the prospective news of Siemens, there is more opportunity for the logistics industry and therefore more reason to introduce it into the schools.
Paul Grant, the Hull depot manager, said: "We are hoping this facility will boost the local economy.
"There is a big age gap in the logistics industry and we are trying to encourage young people to come into it."