recruitment day

A recruitment drive in Leicestershire this month attracted hundreds of potential HGV drivers, according to event organisers.

Translink Express Logistics helped spearhead the Let’s Talk Logistics day at Fosse Park Shopping Centre on 12 October, along with the department for work and pensions, Leicestershire county council, Aggregates Industries and Samworth Brothers Distribution.

Chris Hobbis, commercial director of Pallet-Track member Translink, said: “There were simply hundreds of people there from first thing in the morning until the end of the day – it was a great success.

“From our perspective, we had interest from more than 100 potential candidates, the largest proportion of which wanted to go for the full training and development package which we are funding free of charge for full time employees.

“We are working through that list to call back candidates that we want to interview.

“We are absolutely delighted with the response,” Hobbis added. “People were queuing outside for a chance to speak to us.”

Councillor Terry Richardson, leader of Blaby District Council, said attendees came from diverse backgrounds and included the unemployed as well as those looking for a lifestyle change.

“What was also encouraging was the high number of women who attended,” he said.

Translink said it is offering to pay the £2,500 training fee for each successful candidate after an initial six months employment. It will also upgrade all new-pass Cat C drivers to C+E within six months, free of charge.