A logistics company in Northampton is set to train and recruit up to 100 new delivery drivers in the next 12 months.
Set up by the directors of Northampton-based Action Express, AE Driver Training and Recruitment will fund the full cost of Category C+E licences and provide a guaranteed full-time job for those who pass.
The move follows Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin’s warning of driver shortages ahead of Christmas, which saw consumers urged to shop earlier to avoid disappointment.
Building on 33 years’ experience in the logistics industry, the new company will provide professionally trained delivery drivers for local businesses.
Elaine Harries, who set up the new company with business partner Syed Ziaullah, said: “There’s currently a major shortage of Category C+E drivers here in the UK, while at the same time the ever increasing popularity of internet retailing has meant there is greater demand for drivers than ever before.
“In order to attract more people into the industry we’ve made the decision to fully fund the cost of acquiring up to a Category C+E licence, with a guaranteed full-time job at the end for those that pass.”