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Early Success in Bunzl Catering Supplies’ Driver Academy Scheme

Wednesday July 24, 2019

First participants in Bunzl Catering Supplies Driver Academy Scheme complete driver training and practical tests gaining C1 and C category licences.

In April, Bunzl Catering Supplies (BCS) launched a Driver Academy scheme, established as a platform to assist employees to achieve their career goals within the transport and logistics industry. 3-months on and the Driver Academy scheme is seeing its first successes, with all 11 participants having now passed their driving theory tests.

In addition, 10 participants have been to the National Driving Centre in Croydon to complete their driver training and practical driving tests, 9 of which have now passed. All participants are now progressing with the Large Goods Vehicle Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard.

Laurence Bolton at the National Driving Centre comments: “It was lovely to have the participants here for their driver training and practical tests, it was a super start and they all took instruction very well. If the rest of the candidates perform to the same standard, we have very little to worry about.”

Philip Haskew, National Transport Manager, Bunzl Catering Supplies adds: “I’m really pleased with the progress of all participants so far. It’s a pleasure to know that the team is progressing with their licence acquisitions with such good results and very few minors being spotted throughout their tests. We are commencing the 2nd of 4 planned workshops at the end of this month, where the participants will learn about the importance of reputation, customer service, health and safety and effective communication.”

A part of the BCS Driver Academy scheme is a set of apprenticeship standards that have been developed for employees and runs in conjunction with Vision Business at West Nottinghamshire College. The apprenticeship standards offer an industry-leading opportunity for employees to earn whilst they learn.

The Driver Academy scheme has two specific standards:

Express Delivery Operative (Level 2) 12 Months – designed for new drivers and warehouse colleagues:

  • Handling Goods Safely
  • Route mapping and finding addresses
  • How to you tracking equipment
  • Courier policies and regulations
  • Customer service skills

Supply Chain Large Goods Vehicle (Level 2) 12 Months – designed for the upskilling of existing drivers:

  • Safe, controlled and fuel-efficient driving techniques and consideration of vulnerable road users
  • Vehicle preparation, safety checks, loading techniques and load management
  • Transport and route planning for a journey and its load
  • Use of the latest technology and changes such as adaptive braking and tachographs
  • Health and Safety and driver fitness
  • Delivering excellent customer service
  • Gain Category C1 or C qualification

The Driver Academy scheme provides a structured programme that not only develops a person along their career journey, but allows them to earn as they work, which removes the concerns raised previously that training to become a HGV driving is too expensive.

Richard Gray, HR Manager, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, concludes: “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the new Driver Academy scheme at Bunzl Catering Supplies, all the participants have worked incredibly hard to acquire their licences, completing 3 theory tests along with intensive training and a practical test. To have such good results along with fantastic feedback is a real pleasure – we have such super ambassadors for our business.”

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