West Notts College and logistics firm launches new apprentice scheme

A market-leading logistics company is celebrating the launch of a new apprenticeship academy and the creation of new jobs in the West Nottinghamshire area.

By Kevin Rogers
Monday, 24th February 2014, 12:42 pm
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Clipper Logistics is working with West Nottinghamshire College to tailor-make 100 apprenticeships in logistics to staff at its Ollerton-based logistics academy.

Managing director of Clipper Logistics Tony Mannix said: “As part of Clipper’s evolution we’ve invested in staff training at all levels - from our warehouse operatives and drivers through to our graduate and management development programmes.

“The benefits of this investment are evident in our ability to grow our own talent. We’re giving people the skills and knowledge to perform their jobs to ever higher standards, preparing our staff for the future development of their roles and enabling them to grow within the company.”

The opportunity to create the apprenticeships was borne out of the 100 Apprenticeship Campaign for Newark and Sherwood which was launched in January 2013.

It was delivered in partnership by the Council and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

The academy is being launched on Monday (24th February)

Working closely with NAS and Newark and Sherwood District Council - who provided funding towards recruitment for the enlarged facilities – the apprenticeship drive was the result of the Ollerton site expansion in 2012 when warehousing space doubled in size. This prompted a need for more staff to be employed to meet future logistics demands.

Current members of staff will be starting their NVQ Level 2 Warehousing Apprenticeships at the newly-created academy, to provide them with industry-recognised qualifications, together with additional support in literacy and numeracy where needed.

Chairman of the economic development committee, Coun David Lloyd said: “We’re delighted to have worked alongside Clipper Logistics, the National Apprenticeship Service and West Nottinghamshire College to support the launch of the apprenticeship academy, which will lead to staff gaining a nationally recognised qualification within their industry area. The Council will continue to support Clipper with future recruitment and training needs, alongside partners, to benefit the local area.”