The Logistics Guild and DHL help 100 soldiers gain their DQC

The Logistics Guild and DHL help 100 soldiers gain their DQC

Dateline: The Logistics Guild, Milton Keynes, August 2013 (DQC).

The Logistics Guild, DHL and Kendew Barracks run work experience for 100 soldiers with a C+E Licence leading to a Driver Qualification Card

On 22 July 2013 The Logistics Guild, in conjunction with leading logistics employer DHL, commenced an intensive 5-day residential Work Placement experience for 100 soldiers with C+E licences at the home of the Second Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment and 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corp, at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland. Response to the Work Placement at Kendrew was overwhelming with 300 prospective candidates registering for just 100 places. The Work Placement Course will run for the next 3 weeks.

Due to the nature of the Work Placement, DHL will be providing classroom and practical based tuition as well as the civilian rigs for driving practice, the trainers, the assessors and the DSA upload. The Head of Establishment, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Lonnen MBE RLC, has provided the soldiers and training assessors with accommodation and classrooms, under standard military terms, as well as allowing part of the base tarmac for maneuvering practice. At the end of the Work Placement, 100 drivers will have passed the Driver CPC and gained a Driver Qualification Card.

The Logistics Guild, in collaboration with Skills for Logistics, provided the project management and the interface to the soldier candidates and Career Transition Partnership.

DHL and the Logistics Guild believe that ex-Servicemen and women have great transferrable skills and experience for jobs within the civilian logistics industry, so being able to provide soldiers with an opportunity to help extend their skill-set for use in civilian life has been especially rewarding.

Dan Harrington, regional trainer at DHL who ran the session said: "I know how important these opportunities can be, I am ex-Military myself so I jumped at the chance to get involved with these guys. Today has gone really well, I hope the rest of the week is more of the same. I’m looking forward to getting these guys out in trucks and practicing manoeuvres, hopefully they’ll all want to come to work for DHL too."

Pierre De Carteret, Programme Manager of Vocational Training at DHL, said: "By supplying DHL colleagues who are predominantly ex-Service leavers we can demonstrate the careers available to the military but also provide some realistic career advocacy based on personal experiences. It’s good news for all that Skills for Logistics and the Logistics Guild are now taking active steps to improve the talent pool available to the sector."

Another wave of Military personnel began their Work Placement and Driver CPC Course at Kendrew Barracks on Tuesday 23rd July, and further courses were held in succession on the 29th and 30th July.

In light of recent MOD redundancies and the high demand for this Work Placement and Driver CPC, the Logistics Guild is currently organising further Work Placement opportunities during August 2013 at Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham and at Duke of Gloucester Barracks in South Cerney, Cirencester. For further details, or to register interest, please contact nicky.chen@logisticsguild.com or visit the logisticsguild.com