The ‘Apprenticeship of the Year’ award is one category that is close to Keltruck’s own heart with the company continually investing in their own scheme with 10 new apprentices annually.
Keltruck’s Managing Director, Andrew Jamieson, commented: “Apprenticeships are important to us, and well established within the industry. However I see this as a growing career path for the future with apprenticeship schemes developing in all walks of life. Our sponsorship of this award supports something we believe in, and that we are passionate about, with both myself and Chris Kelly, our founder and chairman, having started our careers as apprentices.”
Beyond Chris and Andrew, Keltruck can boast a number of successes with the likes of Russ Warner, Aftersales Director, having progressed through the ranks from an apprentice as well as General Managers and Branch managers all, like Russ, having gained promotion internally from their apprenticeship beginnings.
Andrew Jamieson went on to say: “Apprenticeships represent a significant investment for us, and over the four year period with salary and training costs towards a £50,000 investment per individual so it’s a serious commitment for both parties.”
The Motor Transport Awards judges will be looking for logistics apprenticeships that meet the needs of both the business and the apprentices. Success can be measured in several ways including the percentage of apprentices successfully completing the scheme and taking jobs with the employer; the percentage of employees who are home-grown through apprenticeships rather than recruited already qualified; the contribution made to the local economy by the employer’s apprenticeship scheme, especially in taking on the long term unemployed; the overall contribution to the business’ success made by the apprenticeship scheme. This category is restricted to entries from mainstream logistics operators.
The award ceremony will be held on the Wednesday 13 June and is considered to be the equivalent of the transport industry’s ‘oscars’. The event attracts more than 1,000 guests and entertains some of the biggest and best names in transport. Chris Kelly MP, non-executive director, will be presenting the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ award on behalf of Keltruck Limited.