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Abbey ’ s Class 2-1 programme is designed to make obtaining a Class 1 licence easier and more convenient for drivers


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First Abbey graduates start as Class 1 Drivers

As the shortage of qualified truck drivers hits home , UK The training was launched in October and British Sugar is calling road tanker company Abbey Logistics has welcomed on on Class 2 drivers in Norfolk , Suffolk and Nottinghamshire , who board the first three drivers from its Class 2 – 1 programme . are interested in obtaining their Class 1 licence , to get in touch . To support drivers looking to make the transition from Class 2 to The course offers fully paid training with a guaranteed HGV Class 1 driving , Abbey launched an ‘ earn-while-you-learn ’ training Driver role on successful completion and is a mix of classroom and programme earlier this year to make obtaining a Class 1 licence practical , on-the-road learning . easier , and more convenient for drivers .

Having seen the demand and success of Abbey ’ s training Following the success of Abbey ’ s , the logistics firm ’ s customer programme , British Sugar committed to funding its own course British Sugar launched its own training scheme , designed and designed to boost the number of drivers in its fleet to support the managed by Abbey ’ s Driver Training Team and running alongside continued transport of bulk sugar . Abbey ’ s programme .
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is the leading producer of sugar for the British and Irish food and beverage markets , processing around 8 million tonnes of beet that produces around 1.2 million tonnes of sugar each year . Stewart Dickson , British Sugar ’ s head of logistics said : “ We have worked in partnership with Abbey since 2016 and faced numerous challenges which we have overcome together , and the current UK HGV driver shortage is another challenge we are facing as one team . “ We are fortunate to have Abbey ’ s dedicated and talented drivers supporting us across the UK and this latest development demonstrates our commitment to ensure we have a reliable and highly trained team of drivers for many years to come . “ Class 2 Drivers that successfully obtain their Class 1 Licence through this new scheme are guaranteed a full-time job on completion of the course and our goal is to increase the size of our team by approximately 20 drivers who want to stay with the business long term .” Abbey Logistics Training Manager Matthew Parry added : “ Thanks to the feedback we received from drivers currently on our class 2 to class 1 programme and recent graduates , we know this is a programme that many drivers want . Achieving a Class 1 licence can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour , so the training programme Abbey devised for itself offers drivers a salaried position throughout the training and guarantees a Class 1 driving role with Abbey , on successful completion of the course . From Abbey ’ s first round of trainees , Russell Hall and Suzanne Chisnall have both started work at the firm ’ s Manchester depot in its liquids division , and Bradley Neild now works in its powders division from the depot in Middlewich . Once qualified , drivers are supported by an experienced driver mentor for several months and they receive further in-cab and loading / unloading procedures training , gaining valuable experience in the specialist products Abbey carries . Abbey says that since the course was launched , they have received a great deal of interest from Class 2 drivers keen to obtain their Class 1 licence , and thanks to the demand the course has generated , the company has increased the number of drivers they can train on each intake and have courses planned well into 2022 .
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