Davies Turner takes on fifth wave of apprentices

Associations, HR, Jobs, Maritime Education and Training — By on September 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Philip Stephenson

Philip Stephenson

Following the success of the first four groups and for the fifth year in succession, Davies Turner & Co Ltd has recruited youngsters for its national apprenticeship and trainee programme which has been running since 2010.

The new intake of 10 recruits will be based at the company’s main hubs throughout the UK, and will undertake an 18 month long apprenticeship with the leading independent forwarding and logistics provider, followed by an accredited in-house multimodal training course, delivered by UK trade association, the British International Freight Association (BIFA).

Once again, Davies Turner has targeted A-level school leavers and graduates looking to make their first career move in the international freight and logistics industry. All will benefit from first class, mostly in-house training that provides the perfect foundation for a career in supply chain management, says group chairman Philip Stephenson.

He says: “The latest set of 10 trainees have excellent grades and degrees. They will be joining us at an exciting time as global recovery powers the freight industry, and we are preparing to expand further our portfolio of services for British exporters and importers, as well as making major investments both in our network of purpose-built warehouses throughout the UK and Ireland, and in our IT infrastructure.”

The company’s National Apprenticeship programme sees participants spend time in all surface freight and logistics divisions as well as getting an overview at Davies Turner Air Cargo, central administration and the accounts departments.

Mr Stephenson says: “The scheme has been a resounding success and the trainees that have already completed their apprenticeships have moved into positions of real responsibility at quite an early stage in their careers. This is important for staff motivation and mutual respect as well as long-term loyalty.

“This scheme is proving to be a win-win both for the trainees and Davies Turner. The youngsters will gain a secure foothold in the industry as well as expertise in multimodal freight forwarding and logistics, whilst we are gaining energetic, highly motivated and forward-thinking staff to drive our business into the future.”

DAVIESTURNER logo“We are also investing in training of existing staff and have developed 30 training modules – internal and external – for staff to complete. The number of modules undertaken depends on employee job function and skills requirements.”

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