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Davies Turner boosts opportunities for youngsters with fourth wave of apprentices

Davies Turner is again seeking applicants for its National Apprenticeship programme following the success of the first three years and the high retention rate amongst the previous candidates.

The programme has been running since June 2010.

The new group will be based at the main Davies Turner locations up and down the UK and will undertake a 20 month long apprenticeship with the leading independent forwarding and logistics provider. The course includes the multimodal forwarding qualification developed and accredited by the British International Freight Association.

Davies Turner is targeting school leavers and graduates looking to make their first career move in the logistics industry. "All will benefit from first class, mostly in-house training and mentoring from our well qualified existing staff. This provides the perfect foundation to a career in supply chain management", says group chairman Philip Stephenson.

He adds: "The next set of trainees will be joining us at an exciting time as global trade starts to recover and demand strengthens in the freight industry, so we are already expanding further our portfolio of services for British exporters and importers."

The trainee scheme is in operation nationwide at Davies Turner’s main hubs. The successful applicants will be between 18 and 24 and will be recruited from appropriate websites, as well as training and educational establishments. Participants will spend time in the overland, ocean and logistics divisions as well as with Davies Turner Air Cargo, and group accounts. Starting salaries will be commensurate with candidates’ qualifications and they will receive six-monthly increments, subject to successful reviews.

What makes the ideal entrant to the Davies Turner trainee scheme?
Mr Stephenson says: "The entry requirements for candidates are straightforward and will be applied flexibly: good A Levels or a useful degree are the starting point, plus commercial flair and an ability to work well with colleagues as well as customers. Equally important is an ability to take the long view – both of the very competitive business we are in, and their own career path. Should these trainees show real flair and determination, we can easily see them in management positions at quite an early stage in their careers".

"This scheme is a win-win for both Davies Turner and the apprentices.

The young people gain a secure foothold and expertise in multimodal freight forwarding and logistics, whilst we gain energetic, highly motivated and forward-thinking staff to drive our business into the future.

"To me, the success of our scheme is the number of trainees who remain with us whether in sales or operations and central services including IT after their training programme is complete."

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