The Road to Excellence: Introducing CLEAN’s Driver Academy

Posted on 24-Mar-2017

Here at CLEAN we deliver almost one million pieces of linen to customers located across the UK on a daily basis, with transportation logistics just one of the founding principles that ensures we can provide an excellent service built on quality, efficiency and innovation. In recent years, due to the combined impact of an ageing professional HGV driver workforce and the lack of new entrants coming through to replace those leaving the sector, there has been a 25% decrease in new driver license acquisitions which has led to a shortage of almost 60,000 HGV drivers.

 

The Road to Excellence: Introducing CLEAN’s Driver Academy

In recent years, due to the combined impact of an ageing professional HGV driver workforce and the lack of new entrants coming through to replace those leaving the sector, there has been a 25% decrease in new driver license acquisitions which has led to a shortage of almost 60,000 HGV drivers.

The impact of this shortage is affecting many businesses across the UK in an economy that is reliant on the movement of heavy goods. As CLEAN continues on its growth trajectory, we are more dedicated than ever to providing opportunities to both our existing and future employees that serve CLEAN and the British transportation industry as a whole.

As part of our commitment to combatting this skills shortage, we have developed a three-stage plan that will not only eliminate many of the challenges and obstacles that have led to this shortage, such as the financial costs of becoming a HGV driver, but also provide high-quality training that will upskill our drivers to the benefit of the economy, as more qualified professionals strengthen the nation’s workforce.

CLEAN’s Driver Academy

The foundation of our training initiative, the CLEAN Driver Academy will implement training courses for both van drivers (B Licence up to 2.5 tonnes MPW) and LGV drivers (C1, C and CE over 3.5 tonnes MPW), with LGV drivers training towards a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Drivers will undergo courses covering speed awareness, braking systems, road craft, load security and manual handling principles in addition to customer service and customer care. All courses include question papers with a 75% pass mark required to successfully complete the CLEAN Driver Academy programme.

Driving Assessments

To ensure that we train our existing workforce to an exemplary standard, eight internally-trained Driver Assessors will carry out continuous in-cab assessments across all CLEAN laundries.

In addition to our dedicated training programme designed to upskill our own workforce, CLEAN is committed to carrying out induction training for new drivers and agency drivers to ensure the delivery of consistent high standards and to promote good practice from the outset and throughout.

If you’re interested in joining the CLEAN team, please send your CV to recruitment@cleanservices.co.uk.

For more information about CLEAN and its award-winning services visit www.cleanservices.co.uk or follow on Twitter for the latest updates.



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Winner of The Green Apple Bronze Award in 2017 for Environmental Best Practice Service Industries category for our project 'Developing a Super-laundry'. Winner of ‘Most Innovative Company’ 2017 at the Laundry And Drycleaning Awards (LADAs) recognising companies, individuals, services and products that showcase a new level of customer service and professionalism within the industry. Awarded the ‘Sustainable Supplier’ title at the 2017 Footprint Awards; recognising organisations at every stage in the food supply chain from growers, producers, manufacturers and distributors, through to all hospitality and foodservice operators in both public and private sectors, their suppliers and other stakeholders. CLEAN has joined the list of inspirational British companies to feature as a 2016 finalist in the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016: shortlist in the 'Company of the Year – Larger Firm category'. Winner of ‘Commercial Laundry of the Year’ 2016 at the Laundry And Drycleaning Awards (LADAs) recognising companies, individuals, services and products that showcase a new level of customer service and professionalism within the industry. Winner of The Green Apple Gold Award in 2015 for Environmental Best Practice for our Environmental Improvement project 'Eco-friendly laundry services focused on creating sustainability'. RoSPA Gold Merit Award (achieving Gold Standard for a 5th consecutive year). Recognised internationally, the RoSPA Awards have become one of the most sought after accolades for many organisations from every industry sector.