MIDLANDS-BASED recruitment agency Encore Personnel is proactively supporting business growth in the region by launching a specialist driving division at its Derby branch.
Intended to help alleviate a national skills shortage for skilled HGV drivers, the Derby team will be recruiting across the region for both qualified and aspiring drivers over the coming months.
Encore, which opened its city centre branch in August last year, places more than 350 HGV and none HGV drivers on the road each week as well as more than 4,500 temporary staff across industrial, technical, transport and energy recruitment sectors.
Derby will be the sixth driving division launched by the Leicester-headquartered business, which currently operates out of ten nationwide offices as well as 11 on-site managed services.
Andrew Fletcher, Senior Driving Manager at Encore Personnel, said: “We are very optimistic about this period of growth for our Derby branch. Dave Walter, our branch manager, has more than 25 years’ experience as a recruitment professional and is an expert in this field. With that in mind, Derby seemed the next natural step to offer our specialist driving services and will perfectly complement our already successful industrial division.
“We already operate within the ‘golden triangle’ of logistics with driving divisions at our Coventry, Northampton and Leicester branches. Adding Derby to our portfolio will mean that on a regional level, we can provide excellent drivers to businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. These areas are highly regarded nationally as significant hubs for the manufacturing industry, as well as acting as the gateway to operations in the North of England.”
The national recruitment firm also operates a popular ‘Encore Approved Driver Scheme’ for qualifying drivers. The gold-standard training scheme is designed to reward drivers who demonstrate a high standard of performance and are keen to develop their careers further.
The scheme involves comprehensive training to improve and develop driving skills and upgrade the licence category – for example moving from a van to a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV 2) licence, progressing from LGV 2 to LGV 1, obtaining free periodic Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training or obtaining other driving skills such as a Moffett or HIAB certificate.
In addition to the training scheme for already qualified drivers, Encore will also be recruiting for its newly-launched driving apprenticeship programme from May, and expects to assess more than 30 candidates each month for their suitability to obtain their HGV 2 and HGV 1 licences.
Andrew added, “It is vital that we nurture the talent of potential drivers through schemes such as this, both to help address a national skills shortage in this sector as well as invest in what will be the next generation of HGV drivers.
“This will contribute greatly in ensuring there is a stream of quality candidates available to businesses, both regionally and nationally, which will in turn continue to improve trade opportunities and business development nationwide.”