First Abbey Logistics graduates start as Class 1 Drivers

As the shortage of qualified truck drivers hits home, road tanker company Abbey Logistics has welcomed on board the first three drivers from its Class 2 – 1 programme.

First Abbey Logistics graduates starts as Class 1 Drivers

To support drivers looking to make the transition from Class 2 to Class 1 driving, Abbey launched an earn while you learn training programme earlier this year to make obtaining a Class 1 licence easier, and more convenient for drivers.

Achieving a Class 1 licence can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour, so the training programme Abbey delivers offers drivers a salaried position throughout the training and guarantees a Class 1 driving role with Abbey, on successful completion of the course.

From Abbey’s first round of trainees, Russell Hall and Suzanne Chisnall have both started work at Abbey’s Manchester depot in its liquids division, and Bradley Neild now works in its powders division from the depot in Middlewich.

Once qualified, drivers are supported by an experienced driver mentor for several months and they receive further in-cab and loading/unloading procedures training, gaining valuable experience in the specialist products Abbey carries.

Abbey says that since the course was launched, they have received a great deal of interest from Class 2 drivers keen to obtain their Class 1 licence, and thanks to the demand the course has generated, the company has increased the number of drivers they can train on each intake and have courses planned well into 2022.