Freight News, Logistics

Biggest ever intake for apprentice scheme

[ September 23, 2015   //   ]

UK independent freight forwarder Davies Turner has recruited a record 13 graduate and A-Level apprentices this year – its sixth annual intake since it started its national apprenticeship and trainee programme in 2010.
They will have the opportunity to be trained in all Davies Turner’s different departments, before agreeing with their managers and mentors which department or section best suits both the company and the trainee in the longer term. They will then be offered a permanent role on completion of the two-year stint.
Trainees will be based at the main Davies Turner hubs and branches throughout the UK, and will undertake an 18 month long training period, followed by a BIFA-accredited in-house multimodal course.
Group chairman Philip Stephenson explained: “As ever, the quality and commitment of the youngsters are impressive. So are their keenness and willingness to learn about the industry.  I am sure they will enjoy their time learning these valuable skills and will be enabled to play an important role in the company.”
He adds: “Being part of a wide ranging multimodal freight and logistics company, the Davies Turner apprenticeship provides a comprehensive grounding in key aspects of forwarding and international trade. I hope that we will be setting a few more people off on a long and rewarding career in our industry.”
As before, Davies Turner has targeted A-Level school leavers and graduates. Practical considerations and Davies Turner’s previous experience suggest that Year 13 school leavers and higher education recruits tend to profit most from their time with the company.
Philip Stephenson said: “Many of our previous trainees have already moved into responsible roles in the company and are a credit both to themselves and the quality of our apprenticeship programme. We place equal emphasis on training our existing staff and look on all this as a vital investment for the future.”
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