The Driver Development Programme with Eddie Stobart Logistics and The National Logistics Academy

The Driver Development Programme (DDP) is a great opportunity for our driver community to progress and enhance their careers here at Eddie Stobart Logistics.

We’re committed in supporting all our employees with their personal development, that’s why we have invested in this tailored training programme, partnered with The National Logistics Academy, to give you the skills and knowledge to help you progress within our industry.

What is the Driver Development programme?

A group of representatives of large employers within the logistics sector worked together to write qualifications based on what they want within this programme – so it’s a collection of the qualifications you need most to succeed in logistics.

Digital investment is also evidenced across our dedicated and multi-user warehousing portfolio, where newly-introduced warehouse management systems optimise and direct the flow of product through receiving, put-away, picking, packaging, yard management and despatch. This drives high levels of control, visibility and efficiency.

Our drivers undertake classroom learning on a series of specially designed units and activities over the course of a year. When the year comes to an end, they undertake an End Point Assessment which ties it all together.

Their Driver Development Programme (DDP) covers a huge range of learning about the whole sector. It’s not just about teaching the skills to do a job.

By gaining an understanding of issues affecting the sector – such as the ways logistics industries need to protect the environment, the way changes to our society and borders could impact businesses, and how technology is changing logistics – they can set themselves up for a lifelong career in the world of logistics.

The Driver Development partners

Partnering with the best!

We enlisted the help of these, our Driver Development partners, to help us realise our goal of installing a solid framework for providing the best advancement opportunities for our driving staff. With the Driver Development Programme now in place, we’re working together to improve and build upon it for future generations.

Meet the team

Eddie Stobart Logistics has partnered with The National Logistics Academy, a network of top rated, specialist logistics training providers who have a deep knowledge and understanding of the sector, to deliver commercial training, licence acquisition and apprenticeships.

We have planned and designed this programme to meet drivers’ needs, those of their managers and the entire Eddie Stobart Logistics business.

As a lot of the learning will be undertaken at work, Eddie Stobart plays a big part in it. The course has been tailored specifically to meet individuals needs, so while it’ll be a qualification employees can use for the rest of their life, it’ll really help them day to day as well.

Eddie Stobart and The National Logistics Academy have created the course materials for use. There are also classroom-based sessions including maths and English and all course materials are provided.

The course is run by Di Musker, our apprenticeships and commercial training manager, and Chris Grice, our driver training manager. Their wealth of experience and commitment to driving personal development has made the DDP a real success and sets us apart from our competitors.

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