Young drivers scheme

We are currently operating an innovative training programme which is attracting young drivers to the company’s fleet; inspiring a new generation of LGV drivers through the Driving Goods Vehicles Scheme and Warehouse to Wheels Scheme.

Since introducing the schemes in 2014 it has presented us with an opportunity to develop a new generation of drivers.

So far, the scheme has attracted 30 entrants and only 4 have left – a retention rate of around 85%. The scheme is not age restricted and applications from some older drivers have also been received.

We had already welcomed the Driver CPC as an opportunity to invest in the professionalism of our drivers but we felt that the drivers’ age profile had been neglected and the company needed to find a way to attract and retain young drivers.

We therefore decided to ‘tap in’ to the local market to within a radius of approximately 10-12 miles of Bourton-on-the-Water for potential drivers.

25+ candidates have successfully completed their apprenticeships with us, with the latest candidates now taking advantage of the opportunity to sign on to the Delivery Goods Vehicles Apprenticeship Scheme.

The apprentices are now working towards completing all of the modules required to successfully complete their apprenticeships within the 1 year and 1 day requirement. This will ultimately result in them obtaining their DGV apprenticeship qualification and the ability to drive up to a 44 tonne vehicle.

Ultimately, long term, the apprentices will have the opportunity to go on to obtain their Class 1 licence; the ability to drive an arctic vehicle.

The schemes are supported by services provided by a training company in Banbury and a local college.

Since its introduction, Hacklings has reduced its use of agency drivers by approximately 80% and with our ongoing programme of driver development, we are helping our drivers “get the most out of their truck”.

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9 comments

  1. Thomas Jenkins

    I'm interested in the above sceme , can someone please contact me on 07917 831689 Thanks

  2. Connor

    Good evening, I've been recommended by a friend who also did your apprenticeship and would like some more information and how to apply

  3. Matt Thomas

    Hello I'm interested in this scheme as it's amazing opportunity as I find this out from a driver from your company please could you send me more information many thanks matt . Contact details 07884305356

  4. Rob Harris

    Good afternoon As the proud holder of an HGV1 since 1974, I've been looking for a contact name on your website, with no success! I would love you to take part in the Gloucestershire Business Games, part of the Gloucestershire Business Show at Cheltenham in May. Why? it's a pedal car race - the ideal vehicle to assist in staff development, training and inter-departmental relations. As you may be aware, the Gloucestershire Business Show is now a thriving annual event and will have its third show in May; but this year we are offering a new opportunity for your staff to get involved in the Business Games. If you think this might be a fun team building activity you would like to join - Hacklings participating with a branded car - and at the same time raise funds for charity, please get in touch and I'll email you our flyer. The opportunity is for teams to design and build their own car, to race it in a 3-hour endurance race and in a time trial. For another company I visited last week in Cheltenham, they see it as a unique scenario for staff members who do not normally work together (eg technical and marketing) to have a joint enterprise in problem-solving, design and construction which culminates in competitive, sporting exercise and a great deal of fun together. We have borrowed our car spec from BFPCR so that your team can race elsewhere in their Championship races, if they catch the bug... I look forward to hearing from you and have a car which I could bring to your yard to whet your appetite. Kind regards Rob Harris Race Director 07939 042361

  5. thomas evans

    hi i have applied to this scheme and was just wondering if anyone knows if they are still hiring for the driving scheme? would love to get in and started in this and start my career thanks.

  6. Craig Wyatt

    I have recently passed my class 2 lorry license and I am looking to take on new challenges. I’m looking for somewhere that’s going to challenge me to my full potential. I am very eager to enhance my skills to allow me to have the opportunity to have a great career. I consider myself as a hard working individual, and I’m very committed to what I do. I learn quickly and would appreciate the chance to be given the opportunity to work for your company. I am sure that I can be a great asset and prove to be a valuable member of your team.

  7. Theresa Williams

    Hi I'm 50 years old lady looking for a new career now kids grown up and left home . Clean driving licence and live in chipping norton .

  8. Wojciech Koscisz

    Hi. Im interested in this scheme. I want to start my new career as a LGV driver. Pls contact me if offer still avaliable. Regards Wojciech

  9. Wojciech Koscisz

    My contact details 07732535635.