An employee from the Ilkeston depot of Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, is driving his career forward after completing the Company’s fully-funded HGV Driver Development Programme.
Richard Wake, 26, from Nottingham, is the first person from the East Midlands-based branch to pass the bespoke training programme, which consists of a number of different elements including: Medical, Theory and Hazard Perception, Driver Training, Driver CPC Training, HIAB Training, Driver induction and road and crane mentoring.
A former yard operative at Mobile Mini, Richard is now enjoying the new found freedom of life on the open road and is looking forward to seeing others follow suit.
“It feels great to know I’m the first person to have passed the programme from the area, but it will be nice to see people follow in my footsteps, as there is a real need for drivers,” said Richard.
“I’m grateful to the Company for giving me the opportunity to become a driver, as it’s always nice when people have confidence in you and believe you can do more. I love going to new places, meeting new people and the fact no two days are the same.”
With 16 branches across the country, Mobile Mini has a total fleet of 50 lorry mounted loader crane vehicles, one of the largest of its kind in the UK. Following a shortage of drivers and a period of significant growth over recent years, the Company devised and implemented the training programme which it rolled out to existing employees early last year.
As a HGV driver, Richard now finds himself under the supervision of Mobile Mini’s recently appointed national transport manager, Kevin Buckler.
Kevin, who brings 25 years of experience to the role, is charged with looking after the firm’s Scania fleet, with a strong focus on driver safety and driver welfare.
Speaking about Richard’s accomplishment, he said: “As a company, we believe it’s vital to invest in our employees and it’s fantastic to be able to help them reach their potential. Richard has worked extremely hard to complete the programme and we’re all delighted he’s passed, as he makes a great Mobile Mini driver.
“We’re now all looking forward to seeing more people enrol on the programme and join him on the open road.”
Richard’s recent achievement along with the arrival of Kevin, highlight Mobile Mini’s ambition to be a leading fleet operator. Last year, the company staged a successful National Lorry Week campaign to show its support to the Road Haulage Association and also successfully achieved a gold award for the fourth consecutive year for its fleet of HGV delivery vehicles in the 2016 Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
An initiative operated by Transport for London, the voluntary accreditation scheme, which aims to drive up standards among commercial vehicle operators throughout the UK, requires fleet operators to demonstrate meaningful improvements in safety, environmental impact and efficiency in order to be awarded the highest accolade of gold level.