Courier Logistics has recruited another three apprentices on to its Real Apprentice Scheme following an expansion in Rotherham. The firm’s recent move from nearby Templeborough to Barbot Hall is part of the year on year growth of Courier Logistics which was established in 1994 with two small ageing vans and now employs 100 staff and enjoys a 10m turnover. It will allow the network’s local depot, APC Courier Logistics, to offer cutting edge virtual warehousing services for e-commerce companies.
Working in partnership with The Source Skills Academy, Courier Logistics apprentices work towards a Level 2 Apprenticeship qualifications in a range of specialisms, dependent on the individual roles, from administration to customer service, encouraging them towards a career in logistics. It has supported apprentices for some time and has progressed most of their original group into full time employment. Nick Cusworth, managing director of Courier Logistics said: “At Courier Logistics we are always looking for new ways to grow and develop, keeping ahead of the game with initiatives that will also benefit the local community.
The Apprenticeship scheme is something we are really passionate about. It is a fantastic opportunity to see people develop from school leavers into young professionals and to be part of that progression within our business.” The Source Skills Academy has recruited the candidates for Courier Logistics, identifying individuals who would be perfect for the business and continues to support the Apprentices and the business by delivering the Apprenticeship qualifications in the workplace. Based at Meadowhall, The Source Skills Academy is a flagship centre providing state of the art training and development facilities with a focus on the retail and service sector.
It also has a base in Rotherham town centre. Sarah Borrill, apprenticeship tutor at The Source said: “The Source is pleased to be supporting Courier Logistics with their Real Apprentice scheme. The initiative gives individuals a fantastic opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence whilst working for an organisation that is passionate about its people.” Courier Logistics newest apprentices are Max Allen, 17 – Joe Stacey, 17 and Chris Wright, 19, all of the apprentices are from Rotherham.
Max said: “I was really nervous at first, I came to Courier Logistics straight from school but as soon as I walked into the office I was put at ease, everyone has been extremely supportive and I can always ask for advice with anything I maybe struggling with, there is always someone there to help with the problem.
I have received extensive training within my department which has helped my confidence and given me the skills I needed to offer a professional service for customers.” Courier Logistics website The Source website 1 2 Images: The Source References ^ Courier Logistics website (www.courierlogistics.co.uk) ^ The Source website (www.thesource.meadowhall.co.uk)
Take-up of grade A industrial and logistics space across Yorkshire rose to 2.3m sq ft in 2012, almost double the amount acquired than the previous year, according to the latest research by commercial property experts, Lambert Smith Hampton.
31% of overall take-up was focussed on the high specification, grade A space but despite this, total take-up fell to 7.4m sq ft in 2012, a drop of 27% on the previous year and its lowest level since 2007. However, only 8% of the stock now available on the market is grade A, which is largely comprised new build logistics units over (100,000 sq ft) across South Yorkshire, where there is currently an oversupply. Robert Whatmuff, head of Industrial and Logistics in the North at Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “The lack of stock is holding back the market and occupiers of small and medium sized units are struggling to find any suitable space to accommodate their future plans.
Occupiers now have very limited options, with no speculative development occurring over the last few years and the flight to prime mentality in terms of recent occupier requirements. “This has left us with less than one months supply of small to medium grade A accommodation. In the larger size ranges this is less of an issue as there remains a strong supply of Grade A units over 100,000 sq ft, particularly in South Yorkshire. We have witnessed an increase in Design & Build from those occupiers with more bespoke requirements however, for the smaller occupier this is generally not an option that is palatable or deliverable. “There is already a shortage of choice for occupiers and, due to the lack of speculative development, occupiers will struggle to find suitable properties either in terms of location or specification.” One significant Design & Build development in the region last year was the completion of the new home for Home D cor Innovations.
The manufacturer has moved into a 110,000 sq ft state-of-the-art factory at JF Finnegan’s Woodhouse Link development on the site of the former Laycast Foundry at Fence in Rotherham. Despite the 27% fall in take-up, the research showed that every major centre across Yorkshire registered growth in prime rental values, a trend expected to continue. In Rotherham prime rental values increased slightly to 5 per sq ft.
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Young people at a jobs fair in Epsom organised by Surrey County Council this month. Click on image to download A campaign to get 200 teenagers into work is within touching distance of reaching its target just months after it was launched by Surrey County Council. Plans unveiled by leader David Hodge in July to get under-19s on the first rung of the career ladder are close to becoming a reality with just 46 places left to fill to make it a complete success.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge So far 154 businesses have been handed the 1,500 grant or are in the process of receiving it. The cash incentive scheme was launched as part of a drive to stimulate economic growth that has also seen plans put in place to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). Employers across Surrey* have come forward to offer roles in carpentry, hairdressing and administration, while others are creating apprenticeships in customer services, child care and plumbing.
Mr Hodge said: It s fantastic that we re closing in on the double century so quickly and it s a great boost for ambitious young people looking to get on in their chosen career. The response from employers has been brilliant. Together we re making Surrey stronger because apprenticeships provide young people with the skills they need, boost businesses profits and drive growth in the economy.
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: Now we re looking for firms to get involved in one last push to take us to our target. We re playing our part too and aim to hit our target of hiring 100 apprentices in a year by April. Surrey has one of the lowest numbers of young people considered NEET in the country with four in a hundred being classed as such.
The national average is nearly six in a hundred.
Businesses wanting to find out more can contact Chris Bussicott on 01483 519342 or email [email protected] * Including Prestige Plumbing in Banstead (plumbing), Morgan Prestwich in Reigate (administration), Castellum Ltd in Cobham (carpentry), PSP Worldwide Logistics in Staines (administration), Aveda in Walton-on-Thames (hairdressing) and Clippers in Guildford (hairdressing).
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