The firm said it was responding to a need for additional drivers as a result of the expansion of its delivery truck fleet – so rather than recruiting externally, Mobile Mini implemented a bespoke training programme open to existing employees across all 16 UK depots, stretching from Southampton to Glasgow.
The training programme was rolled out in 2016 at a cost of £4000 per employee, following a warning that the great British trucker is in danger of disappearing from the nation’s roads.
According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the industry is short of 60,000 drivers, with an ageing workforce shedding another 40,000 by next year. RHA estimates the UK needs an extra 150,000 drivers by 2020.
This year, two Mobile Mini employees have completed the 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. The programme is delivered using a mix of external training providers and Mobile Mini’s own internal transport and safety team.
Mobile Mini said it will also be investing a further £3.7m this year in its Scania delivery truck fleet. By the end of 2016, the fleet will include 50 lorry-mounted loader crane vehicles – one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
The company has also achieved a gold award for three consecutive years for its fleet of HGVs in the 2015 Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).
“The HGV driver shortage is not a problem that will disappear without employers recognising they need to make a change, and we hope companies will follow our lead to address the shortage,” said Chris Morgan, UK managing director at Mobile Mini.
“By offering our existing employees the chance to gain further driving qualifications, we’re ensuring our fleet is staffed by fully trained and committed individuals who understand our company ethos. This investment will help us meet our high customer service standards, guaranteeing a consistently first-class and safe delivery every time.”