In the run up to National Apprenticeship Week 2014 (3-7 March), Norbert Dentressangle has announced that it is launching a national apprenticeship scheme which aims to recruit up to 300 young people throughout the UK by the end of April.
Around 40 Norbert Dentressangle sites throughout the UK will be taking part in the scheme, offering young people a range of operationally-based apprenticeships including storage and warehousing, transport and distribution and engineering, along with a number of positions in administration and supporting functions such as recruitment.
As an alternative to traditional classroom-based learning, the government-backed Apprenticeships scheme combines formal training with valuable hands-on workplace experience for young people. As well as earning a wage, apprentices work towards an NVQ Level 2 qualification, while also gaining valuable experience in the world of work.
Norbert Dentressangle’s Head of Learning & Development, Chris Dolby – himself a former apprentice – said: "For Norbert Dentressangle, employing apprentices is represents a win-win situation – they earn while they learn, and we have the opportunity to mould enthusiastic youngsters into our type of person.
"Unlike many other professional service industries, where a degree is almost a prerequisite for career progression, many senior people in the logistics industry have ‘come up through the ranks’. As an industry, we are great at recognising and nurturing raw talent and I fully expect that some of the apprentices who join us in the next few weeks will be our senior managers of tomorrow."
As one of the UK’s leading transport and logistics companies, Norbert Dentressangle currently employs around 14,600 people in the UK and continues to experience strong growth, creating further employment opportunities at all levels of the business. As part of its sustainable development strategy, Norbert Dentressangle is committed to filling 60% of vacancies through internal promotion, providing all employees with the opportunity to have a successful career with the company.
Mark Simmons, HR Director for Norbert Dentressangle Logistics UK Ltd said: "To continue to deliver the best service, we have to have the best people; the identification and development of internal talent is a key success factor for Norbert Dentressangle and a fundamental pillar of our growth strategy.
"The Apprenticeship scheme provides us with a valuable injection of ‘human capital’ and a great way to strengthen our talent pool in line with our wider development strategy."