The event is designed to recognise professionals at every level of learning and development and reward those who are inspiring the next generation of logistics and transport talent.
The winners were presented with awards at the ceremony, which took place on Thursday 21 June and was hosted by celebrity guest Jeff Stelling of Sky Sports fame.
Paul Ibbotson, of Matthew Kibble Transport Ltd, won the LGV Driver of the Year Award for outstanding efficiency, a positive attitude, his willingness to help new/younger drivers with advice, and being an excellent ambassador for the company. This award was sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel.
Winner of the LGV Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by National Register of LGV Instructors, was Nicky Hanson of 2 Start Ltd, for consistently excellent feedback and results from her students and always going the extra mile.
The LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year Award was presented to Martin’s Driver Training, for building up a reputation of excellent training and customer service and helping individuals and local companies meet their training and staffing needs. This award was sponsored by Pertemps Driver Training.
Winner of the Driver CPC Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by the RTITB Instructor Academy, was Nigel Monk of Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd, in recognition of his enduring passion for training and consistently engaging delivery, nurturing future driver talent and junior Driver CPC trainers, and consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.
The Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year, sponsored by Midlands Truck & Van Ltd, was presented to Pertemps Driver Training, for working closely with its nationwide client base to ensure delivery of DCPC courses that engage Drivers and cover key elements faced daily, helping to keep LGV drivers and other road users safe.
Sponsored by Browne Jacobson, the Transport Manager of the Year Award was presented to Andrea Gardner of Bullet Express for her commitment to ensuring all processes comply with operator licence requirements through completing her National CPC and International CPC, and her management of the service and maintenance for all the company’s vehicles and trailers, and driver management.
Meanwhile, Wincanton Health, Safety, Driver Training & Development Team (Co-op Contract) won the Training Team of the Year Award for its commitment to continuously improve and strive for “best practice” within Wincanton and promoting its industry leader status, as well as its vision to establish Co-op Lea Green RDC as a contractual Wincanton leader in Health, Safety, Driver Training and Development. This award was sponsored by Culina Group.
The Training Programme of the Year Award was won by Fleet Source for developing something entirely new to the road transport training market: the UK’s first Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention (TRIP) programme of products and training services.
The programme has been designed so that commercial fleet operators, managers and drivers can be educated on the risks of terrorism, the nature of the threats that they may face and a range of safety precautions they should implement to significantly reduce the possibilities of their vehicle being hijacked or stolen and used in a terrorist incident, which could potentially result in saved lives. This award was sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.
“Safety and helping to protect people from harm is our day job, and we are delighted that our TRIP programme is being recognised in the industry for doing just that,” said Nick Caesari, managing director at Fleet Source.
“We are thrilled to have received the Training Programme of the Year award for TRIP and we would like to thank the team at Talent in Logistics and all those involved in the judging process.“
“Investment in training to keep staff safe is important for any logistics operation,” added Ruth Edwards, Talent in Logistics Event Manager.
“Moreover, it is commendable for a company to put such importance of preparing its valued team members to deal with any eventuality, even terrorist incidents.”
The awards ceremony, which included a drinks reception, gourmet dinner and entertainment from Queen tribute band, Flash, followed the daytime Talent in Logistics Conference, which focused on developing skills for current logistics professionals, and the future of the industry.
Delegates attended presentations and participated in workshops and debates, as well witnessing the competition live finals, watching forklift truck and LGV demonstrations and visiting suppliers in the Information Zone exhibition.
Entry for the Talent in Logistics 2019 Awards will open on Monday 7 January, and awards will be open for submission until April 2019. Next year’s conference and awards will take place on Thursday 27 June at Arena MK in Milton Keynes.
Paired with the awards in June was the Talent in Logistics Conference, which attracted hundreds of delegates to Telford for a variety of conference sessions, workshops, debates and interactive events.
Highlights included a session entitled, ‘Why aren’t young people attracted to working in logistics?’, which saw a panel of current industry apprentices alongside recruitment and skills experts sharing their insights on how logistics and transport operations can attract the next generation of professionals.
The keynote presentation from leading psychologist, Professor Adrian Furnham, explained ‘How to attract diverse talent’, exploring the psychology behind attracting individuals from diverse and under-represented groups of society, including young people, to careers in the transport, warehousing and logistics sector.
Elsewhere, a panel of experts discussed the potential impact of Brexit, including possible implications around acceptance of the UK Transport Manager qualification in the EU, possible changes to Driver CPC by the UK government, and whether the industry can expect less restrictions or more red tape.
A spokesperson from the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) also attended to share thoughts on the future of vocational training and testing – while another session, titled ‘Understanding and overcoming resistance to learning’, gave delegates tips and tactics to improve engagement with Driver CPC periodic training.