Claire Webster of St Helens College delivering a mentoring class to Wincanton Drivers
Staff at Wincanton Logistics based on the Co-operative Food Retail contract at Lea Green RDC, St Helens are celebrating after being shortlisted for the ‘Training Award’ at this year’s Motor Transport Awards in London, following support from St Helens College for their new LGV Licence Acquisition Programme.
Over the past 12 months, training managers at Wincanton have been working hard to develop a series of training initiatives to support new and existing drivers. Through developing opportunities for existing personnel and identifying the requirement for providing key resources to support the many recruitment streams, in particular newly qualified LGV drivers.
Last November, St Helens College were asked to design the first bespoke LGV driver mentoring course for Wincanton drivers. The course aims to ensure drivers have the necessary skills and knowledge to make the role of mentoring integral to their daily routines when working with new drivers.
The bespoke course, accredited by awarding body Open Awards has so far been delivered to 14 drivers and over 40 operational support personnel with many more due to take it over the course of the year.
Jimmy Riley, Driver Training and Development Manager for Wincanton Logistics said: “As an organisation we really value the continued development of our staff in order to maintain a skilled and motivated workforce. It is great working locally alongside St Helens College. They worked very closely with us, gaining an understanding of our training needs and then designing and developing appropriate training for us. In this case, we worked together to design a specific driver mentoring course. Being a mentor is rewarding and satisfying and supporting colleagues by sharing knowledge and ideas ensure productivity and excellence within their role.”
“It’s training initiatives such as this which ensures that we service our customer the Co-operative better every day and in the future.”
Beth Nolan, Director of Business Development at St Helens College commented: “We were delighted to work with Wincanton Logistics and their employees on this initiative. It just proves how flexible and adaptable the College can be in meeting the needs of a business. We would like to wish Wincanton Logistics every success at the Motor Transport Awards in July.”
The bespoke course is just one way in which St Helens College can align to meet the needs of businesses through providing excellent business training solutions, employee training, recruitment and staff development. These cost-effective solutions fit around your working day providing access to services and business support that positively impacts on the bottom line.
Employees from both Wincanton Logistics and St Helens College including representatives from their customer the Co-operative will head to a black tie dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in July where the winner will be announced.