Wolseley Launches Commercial Vehicle Apprenticeship

The program is part of a Wolseley investment initiative in its drivers, aiming to add training to all existing fleet drivers, along with new apprentices.

Wolseley, the United Kingdom's largest distributor of plumbing and heating products, and No. 1 on Industrial Distribution's 2014 Big 50 List, has launched an apprenticeship scheme for LGV drivers.

The year-long apprenticeship includes a training package worth £7,000 ($10,578), and begins in April at two of its distribution centers. Successful drivers will graduate with a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles, a C+E license, Driver CPC, and a forklift license.

The salaried scheme is in partnershp with Telford College, using both "on the road" and classroom-based training.

In addition to creating new talent, the company is further investing in its fleet by training all 123 existing drivers, during working hours, under a Framework of Excellence which will see those who successfully complete the program awarded a Level 2 Certificate in Driving Goods Vehicles. 

Joanne Smith, HR director, said “Wolseley UK aims to be the employer of choice in its industry and in order to attract and retain the best talent we’ve made sure that we offer innovative, exciting and industry-leading career opportunities.”

Alan Newton, head of distribution and fleet, Wolseley UK, said: “Excellent customer service and fantastic product availability relies on a world class distribution fleet. We are proud to invest in our drivers, grow our own people and run the safest, most efficient fleet, in the UK.”