Veterans Into Logistics

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At Veterans into Logistics, we know the value, experience and dedication veterans can bring to the logistics sector. We provide HGV training followed-by employment opportunities to place veterans into well-paid, driving careers with respected logistics companies.

The UK has a chronic shortage of HGV drivers. If you are a veteran looking for a career or a logistics company needing loyal, hardworking drivers, then contact us today!

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We would like to extend special thanks to OPG Ltd who did an outstanding job bringing the livery created with Volvo Used Trucks and Garnett Keeler Public Relations Limited to life on our new fleet!Thank you for the very generous discount on the livery OPG Ltd and for your excellent project management 🙏Asda Logistics Services l Veterans' Foundation l #logistics #hgvtraining #HGV #military #trainingfleet ... See MoreSee Less
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We were delighted to speak to Granada Reports and BBC Radio Manchester today as we celebrated receiving our fantastic new training trucks thanks to Volvo Used Trucks, Asda Logistics Services, Veterans' Foundation and Tiger Trailers.Listen to our interview on BBC Radio Manchester at 5pm and watch us on ITV Granada Reports at 6pm as we explain the huge difference these trucks will make as we train veterans to get their HGV licences and into new careers.Rochdale Borough Council Office for Veterans' Affairs Johnny Mercer Department for Education Department for Work and Pensions - DWP Greater Manchester Combined Authority Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust #thankyou @followers ... See MoreSee Less
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🌟🌟Highly Commended 🌟🌟We’re thrilled to announce that Veterans into Logistics was Highly Commended at The National Facilitator Awards at a special ceremony at York Racecourse on Friday night. This is what our Founder, Darren Wright had to say:“I'm delighted that Veterans into Logistics has been Highly Commended in the Values in Action Category at The National Facilitator Awards.“As a training provider with a mission to get veterans into employment when they return to civilian life, it is a major achievement for our training to be recognised.“The Values in Action category celebrates trainers who "create meaningful change in the world, and whose values shine in their training delivery. These facilitators are driven by a desire to make the world a better place."“Thank you to the whole team at Veterans into Logistics for your passion and dedication to support Veterans. I am always overwhelmed by the positive and emotional feedback I receive from ex-military who have been through our training.“I am proud of the contribution that Veterans into Logistics makes in changing lives. Armed Forces Service Leavers and Veterans deserve the financial security and stability of well-paid employment after their service and we will continue our mission to train and support them.“Thank you to our partners, supporters and all the ex-military personnel who have been through our training.“Also big thanks to the team at the National Facilitator Awards for putting on a great celebration of the fantastic individuals and companies in the training industry. It's great to be recognised! Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.”#Veterans #VeteransHelpingVeterans #TrainingProvider #HGV #HGVDrivers #Logistics #ValuesInAction #ThankYou ... See MoreSee Less
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Tonight's the night! 💫 Good luck to our Founder, Darren Wright who is a FINALIST for INSPIRATIONAL FACILITATOR in tonight's National Facilitator Awards!Veterans into Logistics is also a FINALIST in the VALUES IN ACTION category!Thank you to the National Facilitator Awards for making us Finalists in two categories. This recognition is so important in spreading the charity's mission - to train and support veterans into new careers as HGV drivers, especially veterans who may need extra support when they return to civilian life.Thank you to our partners and supporters 💪Good luck to all the Finalists!🏆Inspirational Facilitator Award: An infectious passion for what they deliver, that leaves delegates feeling invigorated, inspired and driven for long after the training.🏆Values in Action Award: Epitomises the power we each have individually and collectively to create meaningful change in the world and values shine in their training.#veterans #veteranshelpingveterans #logistics #HGV #truck #career #NewBeginnings #training #mentoring #Support #inspirationalfacilitator #valuesinaction #nationalfacilitatorawards #thankyou #finalists ... See MoreSee Less
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"I have known Darren since he first started Veterans into Logistics. His enthusiasm and passion are phenomenal. His support for his veteran brothers and sisters and for those recently released from the judicial system is amazing.

I have no doubt that Veterans into Logistics will be a massive success, not only locally but nationally. It’s a pleasure to work with him and I have no hesitation in making referrals to him for those beneficiaries wanting to gain their HGV qualifications"

Terry Morley

Ex-British Army, 1 King’s

Groundwork GM/Operation Re-Org

"I left the Army in August 2010 after serving 23 years in the Infantry. When I left, I jumped straight into the security industry firstly overseas then back in the UK, where I progressed into Management, over the years the industry has changed, and I felt I needed a change for my personal mental health and a less stressful environment.

I heard about Veterans into Logistics so arranged to meet Darren over a coffee to discuss, I had my Class 1 licence just needed to complete my CPC course to become qualified again.

The biggest concern I had was a lack of commercial experience and confidence about getting behind the wheel with no experience and often overlooked due to this.

Veterans into Logistics, put all my concerns to the side, Darren provided me much needed advice and took me out driving in their HGV truck to raise my confidence, he also arranged driving assessment and opportunities at local haulage companies that fully understood provided my position and willing to help.

Today I’m driving for Eddie Stobart and after three weeks I couldn’t be more grateful for the support Veterans into Logistics have provided me, Darren, who is still in contact providing support and options for the future.

I intend to support Veterans into Logistics in the future and would say to any veterans give them a call if you’re considering the transport industry and struggling."

Gary Cardwell

Ex-British Army, 1 Rifles

Manchester

"Upon meeting and talking to Darren, I could see that he really understood the issues that Veterans and Offenders would face in the world of work.

Darren took the time to chat with Veterans and to answer questions when necessary. I have found that Darren gives frank and honest help, which is what is needed when working with Veterans and Offenders.

I have found working with Darren a real breath of fresh air as he is so easy to relate to making referring Veterans a pleasure."

Denise Cummings

RFEA-The Forces Employment Charity

I left the military in January 2018 after 22 years’ service, I went straight into PT/Sports Massage, which I really enjoyed. However, when Covid-19 kicked in, I needed to diversify. I had a few short-term jobs here and there but nothing I could really hang my hat on.

I’ve had my Class 1 since 1998, but not used it for many years. Having seen some of the testimonies from other veterans on Veterans into Logistics, I decided to drop Darren a message.

Darren couldn't have been more helpful, he put me in contact with an online training provider to complete 35 hours of Driver CPC Periodic training and with Muller Milk and Ingredients for a potential job.

The process took just a few weeks - Muller Milk were happy to get me up to speed with some familiarisation training and I have been on the job since the start of October.

I cannot thank Veterans into Logistics enough, for their help in getting me back into work.

Billy Billingham

Ex-British Army, Royal Army Physical Training Corps

Newport

"I was introduced to Darren some months ago through Royal British Legion Industries, straight away he was guiding me down a successful civilian path which for most veterans is a struggle.

His willingness and motivation to help veterans is something that is quite remarkable. Darren goes out of his way every day to get things done and to make sure that whoever he is helping is on the right path.

I highly recommend Darren amongst the Armed Forces veterans’ community. His ability to help other veterans and what he sets out to do is brilliant. A great guy and a good friend, I simply cannot thank him enough for all the help"

Tom O’Neill

Ex-29 Commando Royal Artillery, 7 Sphinx Commando Battery

"I joined the Royal Navy in 2013, serving the first two years as a submariner before being attached to the Royal Marines as a storeman. In 2018 I left the Armed Forces returning to my hometown of Leven, Fife.

Upon leaving the military I found employment in local timber a year before becoming a security guard. Whilst in the military I gained my HGV licence but was never able to get an HGV driving job due to not having a Driver CPC card.

I completed 35 hours of Driver CPC Periodic training only to find out I’d wasted money.

It was only when I got in touch with Veterans into Logistics I found out because I am ex-military, I needed to pass Initial Driver CPC (Module 2 & 4) to qualify for a Driver CPC card.

Veterans into Logistics booked my Driver CPC Module 2 & 4 tests and provided the training enabling me to pass first time."

Conner McDougall

Ex-Royal Navy

Leven, Fife.

"I’m an ex-Royal Artillery soldier that was medically discharged after a serious motorcycle accident back in 2009 which left me with a disability affecting my arm. This affected my driving licence restricting me to automatic only and requiring adaptions to vehicles to drive them legally.

I’ve had numerous jobs since but none I enjoyed as much as driving. I approached many haulage firms but was knocked back on many occasions despite there being a national shortage of Class 1 drivers. I’ve held my Class 1 licence since 1996 with many years of experience through the armed forces and agency driving in time off.

Most recently I was knocked back by one of the largest haulage firms in the country and I was told it was because my Driver CPC card was out of date.

I took to social media to have a whinge on a forces page where Darren Wright from Veterans into Logistics contacted me. We had a good chat and he offered to put me through my Driver CPC Periodic training straight away. I took a week off work and completed the training, so I was current again.

But Darren’s help didn’t stop there.
I applied for a few jobs and got interviews through Darren’s connections in some haulage firms. I was very apprehensive after being knocked back before, especially with my disability. Darren encouraged me and gave me some great advice to help in the interviews.

I have now secured an HGV Class 1 driving position with a leading firm after a successful interview and driving assessment. I cannot thank Darren and Veterans into Logistics enough not only for putting me through my Driver CPC training but for their support and encouragement in finding driver employment.

A truly fantastic charity, keep up the good work!"

Craig Dyer

Ex-British Army, 47 Regiment Royal Artillery

Mansfield

“I was introduced to Darren Wright at Veterans into Logistics by the DWP.

I went to meet Darren and discuss my options on the 24th of August 21. Today, just over 2 weeks later I had a meeting with an employer and have been invited to a driving assessment on Monday.

In less than 3 weeks with the support of Veterans into Logistics, I have completed my Initial Driver CPC (Module 2 & 4) and met with a company offering to take me on and guide me into the industry. I am excited to finally be able to use the licence that I’ve had for 10 years, especially after a difficult year.

This opportunity is amazing, and I am now looking forward to starting work, and I know that Veterans into Logistics are always there to help me if I need them or to help others who are in a situation like mine and want to get back into work.”

Neil Donald

Ex-British Army, Army Air Corps

St Helens

I am ex-military having served in the Queens Lancashire Regiment and I would like to take this opportunity to share my story so that other veterans read it and know there is support if you reach out for it.

For the past few years, I have been suffering from depression which led to me losing my self-esteem resulting in being unemployed for a long time. It was when I was at my lowest point that I went to Wigan Armed Forces HQ to see fellow veteran Andy Powell for support, it was during our conversation about how I can get self-esteem back into my life, I explained I always wanted to be an HGV Class 1 driver like my brother.

Andy informed me of Veterans into Logistics an organisation based in Manchester that supports ex-military personnel gain their HGV licence and back into employment. I contacted Veterans into Logistics and spoke with Darren Wright also a fellow veteran himself, Darren invited me down to their office to meet himself and the team and we discussed what needed to be done to obtain my HGV licence.

Firstly, I was put on a Driver CPC Periodic training course for five days with fellow veterans which I really enjoyed because I was able to have a laugh with light-hearted banter with fellow veterans. It was after completing this course that I started to feel better within myself and started looking forward to life knowing I was one step closer to getting my HGV Class 1 licence.

Not only have I passed my HGV Class 1 driving test with Veterans into Logistics, but they arranged a job interview with Asda where I was offered full-time employment. I can honestly say that Veterans into Logistics have put a glow back in my life and my family’s fate, so from myself and my family I would like to thank Darren and the Veterans into Logistics team for their time and effort in giving me the confidence to become an HGV Class 1 driver.

From my heart, thank you! Keep the work up as it’s outstanding what you are doing, making people believe they can achieve. Top team!

Steven Eden

Ex-British Army, Queen’s Lancashire Regiment

Wigan