Insights Hermes partners with Seetec to tackle driver shortage
14 May 2019

Hermes partners with Seetec to tackle driver shortage

Hermes Website Feature

We’ve recently launched a new partnership with leading consumer delivery company Hermes UK to help address the nationwide driver shortage.

The new “Road to Logistics” initiative will allow unemployed and young workers to gain valuable skills and the opportunity of full-time employment in the logistics sector, all whilst ensuring Hermes develops its own talent pipeline. 

Funded through their apprenticeship levy funds, the scheme will see Hermes recruiting LGV apprentices who currently have no driving experience and supporting them to achieve their Cat C and Cat C&E Licence.

The scheme is open to applicants of any age over 18, with the Level 2 apprenticeship taking 14 months to complete. Successful participants will then be offered roles as employed Hub Drivers within Hermes’ hubs at Warrington and Rugby.

Working with Hermes, we’ve developed a bespoke training programme which includes both theory and practical sessions and the first apprentices have already been recruited.

Lauren Webb, Seetec’s Head of Employer Solutions & Strategic Partnerships, explained: “We have developed a unique programme which is aligned with Hermes’ business goals and training objectives. We see the apprentices every week and will ensure they gain an understanding of the company’s ethics and core values.

“We have supported Hermes with candidate screening, assessment centres and induction programmes.”

Jenny Haynes, Hermes’ Learning and Development Business Partner, said: “Seetec have worked with Hermes collaboratively to create an LGV Apprenticeship programme to suit our business needs.

“They have been flexible in their approach working with us to understand the challenges our business faces but have also been able to advise us on the best solutions.

“We have now piloted this programme successfully within our Hubs where we have recruited 14 new Apprentice Hub Drivers in April and now are launching this across our Depots, revamping our old Warehouse to Wheels programme with 17 existing Warehouse and Van drivers, all keen to train as a Cat C Driver due to start in May across our East and West Depots.”

Are you an employer interested in developing and recruiting your apprentices? Call our team on 0800 3891 999 or fill out our contact form today.