Encore Personnel to launch specialist driving division

Andrew Fletcher & Dave Walter

Midlands-based recruitment agency Encore Personnel is set to launch a specialist driving division at its Derby branch.

Intended to help alleviate a national skills shortage for skilled HGV drivers, the Derby team will be recruiting across the region for both qualified and aspiring drivers over the coming months.

Encore, which opened its city centre-based branch in August last year, places more than 350 HGV and non-HGV drivers on the road each week as well as more than 4,500 temporary staff across industrial, technical, transport and energy recruitment sectors.

Derby will be the sixth driving division launched by the Leicester-headquartered business, which currently operates out of ten nationwide offices.

Andrew Fletcher, senior driving manager at Encore Personnel, said: “We are very optimistic about this period of growth for our Derby branch. Dave Walter, our branch manager, has more than 25 years’ experience as a recruitment professional and is an expert in this field. With that in mind, Derby seemed the next natural step to offer our specialist driving services and will perfectly complement our already successful industrial division.

“We already operate within the ‘golden triangle’ of logistics with driving divisions at our Coventry, Northampton and Leicester branches. Adding Derby to our portfolio will mean that on a regional level, we can provide excellent drivers to businesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. These areas are highly regarded nationally as significant hubs for the manufacturing industry, as well as acting as the gateway to operations in the North of England”.

The firm also operates a popular “Encore Approved Driver Scheme” for qualifying drivers. The gold-standard training scheme is designed to reward drivers who demonstrate a high standard of performance and are keen to develop their careers further.

In addition, Encore will also be recruiting for its newly-launched driving apprenticeship programme from May, and expects to assess more than 30 candidates each month for their suitability to obtain their HGV 2 and HGV 1 licences.

Fletcher added: “It is vital that we nurture the talent of potential drivers through schemes such as this, both to help address a national skills shortage in this sector as well as invest in what will be the next generation of HGV drivers.

“This will contribute greatly in ensuring there is a stream of quality candidates available to businesses, both regionally and nationally, which will in turn continue to improve trade opportunities and business development nationwide”.