The Professional Driver Scheme: One Year On

Maritime Transport Ltd (Maritime) are celebrating a successful first year for their Professional Driver Scheme.

Launched in October 2015, Maritime’s Professional Driver Scheme has recruited over 50 new drivers into their workforce and has helped to provide new and inexperienced drivers with an opportunity to gain experience out on the road with a reputable company.

‘We decided to launch the scheme in an attempt to help tackle the driver shortage’ explained Gary Austin, Transport Manager. ‘We’re known for our high standards here at Maritime so taking on drivers and training them at the start of their driving career certainly appealed to us.’

Maritime haven’t been working alone in their efforts and have been partnered with Scania (Great Britain) Limited over the past year.

‘We work with learner HGV drivers and provide them with the support and training they need to pass their test’ said Mark Agnew, Driver Development Manager – Scania (Great Britain) Limited. ‘We’re delighted to be supporting learners and are proud to be able to direct those that have passed onto Maritime and their Professional Driver Scheme.’

‘Newly qualified drivers can struggle to gain employment despite the need for new talent within the industry’ said Simon Smart, Managing Director – Containers. ‘We pair each new employee with a mentor, and a trainer, who help to guide them as they learn all aspects of the business.’

Maritime’s scheme has been successful for candidates throughout the country, with many service leavers choosing to enrol.

Aaron Cowam, an ex-service man, joined Maritime in Felixstowe earlier this year.

‘Gaining experience whilst working as part of the team has been great’ said Aaron Cowan, Felixstowe Driver. ‘The driver mentors I’ve worked with have all had vast amounts of knowledge which has really helped me to learn the ropes.’

For more information on joining the scheme, or to start your training with Scania, contact them direct at:

maritime@scania.com
professionaldrivers@maritimetransport.com

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