Prototype training scheme
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• A new apprenticeship scheme introduced by Williams Brothers (Wales) Ltd, of Queensferry, will be closely watched by road transport operators. It could represent a prototype worthy of widespread adoption.
Twelve apprentices aged 19 and 20 years are now under training, it is reported, but the ultimate plan is to take on school leavers of 15 or 16 and give them a thorough grounding in road trapsport with hgv licence qualification at 21.
Mr Edgar Williams, who is chairman of the Training and Education committee of the RHA, believes that the new plan will reduce driver turnover. It will also provide a. source of future management for the company, part of Transport Development Group.
The young trainees will undergo stores training and will learn to operate fork-lift trucks. At about 17+ they will work as mates on smalls deliveries in Wales, learning—as did mates in past years—something of customer relations and claims matters. Around the age of 18 the apprentices will take over a light vehicle, and in due course wider experience will be acquired as second man on a class 1 vehicle.