With the need for additional drivers as a result of the expansion of our delivery truck fleet, we’ve devised and 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 £4,000 per employee, following a warning that the great British trucker is in danger of disappearing from the nation’s roads. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) says that it is short of 60,000 drivers, with an ageing workforce shedding another 40,000 by next year, although it is estimated that 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.
As part of our company’s drive to constantly improve our operational efficiency, first class health and safety standards and customer service, we’re also investing a further £3.7m this year in our fuel efficient 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.
Mobile Mini launched their new delivery promise earlier this year, which means that customers are guaranteed either an AM or PM delivery slot and if this is not adhered to customers are compensated £100 off their next delivery.
We have also successfully achieved a gold award for three consecutive years, for our fleet of HGV delivery vehicles in the 2015 Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), an initiative operated by Transport for London. The voluntary accreditation scheme, which aims to drive up standards amongst commercial vehicle operators throughout the UK, requires fleet operators to demonstrate meaningful improvements in safety, environmental impact and efficiency in order to be awarded the gold level.
Chris Morgan, UK Managing Director at Mobile Mini, commented: “Investment in our transport will help us meet our high customer service standards, guaranteeing a consistently first class and safe delivery every time.
“By offering our existing employees the chance to gain further driving qualifications, we’re ensuring that our fleet is staffed by fully-trained and committed individuals who understand our company ethos.”
The company also got behind the RHA’s Love the Lorry campaign this September, to help raise awareness of the driver shortage and inspire ‘The Next Generation’ to consider becoming a lorry driver.