Our team consists of several seasoned veterans, family, friends, volunteers, and skilled professionals. All the team have the same ethos, we are all committed to helping our veterans get the most out of a new career after life in the Armed Forces!
Major Ian Battersby, Director
“I am a serving member of HM forces, having served for a total of 40 years. I started my career in the Army as a Gunner (Private Soldier), having worked my way through the ranks serving in the UK, overseas and on Operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. I was fortunate enough to achieve the pinacol of a soldier’s career, and Read More...
I am proud of my achievements in the army, having worked my way through the ranks from Gunner to Major. I also enjoyed mine and my families time working all over the world and living in married accommodation. I am very keen to stay involved with the forces as a form of payback for what the army has done for me and my family, and I believe working with Veterans/service leavers is an avenue I would enjoy for all the right reasons.
Having recently come on board with Veterans into Logistics (ViL) through Mr Darren Wright, who I served with, and is a veteran himself, has experienced the issues most service leavers experience when taking the step to living outside the very protective army bubble.
Veterans into Logistics is a non-profit organisation with the sole intention of training veterans/service leavers in all forms of logistics. Specifically getting individuals a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) licence, Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), working on their CV’s, and getting these personnel through the door of reputable companies for an interview. These would be companies that sign up to the armed forces covenant (A promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces and their families are treated fairly).
I have looked at a few companies that offer veterans and service leavers training, but I do believe that what Veterans into Logistics are offering is above and beyond these companies. The individuals who have been through Veterans into Logistics and are now in employment, all stated the mentoring offered by Veterans into Logistics once you are in employment, is just as valuable as the training you receive to get you into employment, and this can be seen in all their stories.
Many individuals leave the forces with little or no direction for the outside world and end up going down the wrong path. I know with the correct training, mentoring and opportunities many of these individuals would shine in most organisations. I feel with the support of companies that champion veterans, and who are willing to embrace them will receive 10-fold in return and will receive an employee who has had values and standards drilled into him 24/7. Thus he/she will be punctual, reliable and motivated to succeed.
I look forward to the challenges of working with Veterans into Logistics, and I am excited at the prospect of changing and adding value to an individual’s life.”
Janice Gurney, Finance Director
‘I am currently a Reservist in the Royal Naval Reserve serving for 9 years, before joining the reserves I served 25 years in the Royal Navy. I started my career in the Royal Navy as a Sonar Operator on submarines although it was interesting it was not really for me. I changed my Job and after retraining become a Gunnery and Missile rating. Read More...
I have served in various roles in the UK and different ships with operations abroad, First Gulf War, Former Yugoslavia, Anti-piracy Arabian Gulf and Libya withdrawal of European nationals. The other roles that have had the pleasure of overseeing the running a training school, training guards for various duties the highlights for this.
I was the First Serving Royal Naval rating to come out as transgender in 2004 and completing Gender reassignment Surgery in 2007, with full active service at the end of 2007, I did not let this phase me and carried on with my career with the same pride and passion I had before.
The highlights of my Military career have been attending the Queens garden party at Buckingham palace and training a Royal Guard for the Princess Royal for commissioning of a Reserve unit. Training a guard for Edinburgh Military Tattoo that was based in Edinburgh parading 6 nights a week for 6 weeks.
Upon Leaving the Service
I found myself taking various jobs in the security industry but nothing that used my full skills and potential, with this led me to feel worthless and let down as the military service I felt did not prepare me for leaving the service and the wider world. Tried using all my skills, training, and knowledge to gain a suitable job in Junior managerial roles only to be told that I was overqualified or that they did not want Ex-service people. Feeling at the lowest point of my life and wanting to give up on everything I reached out to RFEA (Manchester) who saw my potential and put me in touch with Mr Darren Wright.
Started to learn a new career as an LGV driver with Darren giving me my self-belief back to try something new but also gave me the confidence on wanting to help others that I use to do when serving in the Military.
Coming onboard with Veterans into Logistics (ViL) in June 2020 and realising we shared mutual values and ethos, wanting to help veterans seemed the logical path to take.
I feel proud not only coming onboard with Darren but helping veterans to give them an opportunity to not only become a valued member in society but more importantly a valued and highly respected Driver in the LGV industry.’.
Darren Wright, Director & Logistics Advisor
‘’Darren was a Gunner Para and served in Afghanistan, Kenya and various other places around the world. Darren came up with the concept for Veterans Into Logistics after he came to the realisation that more needs to be done for service-leavers and veterans who are struggling.Read More...
After leaving the Armed Forces, Darren himself struggled to adapt back into civilian life, and with the loss of his military family network and structured military lifestyle.
Darren is confident that he can share his knowledge and experience with other ex-military personnel and that Veterans Into Logistics will have a positive impact on veterans, their families and their lives.
Leilah Wright, Marketing Supervisor
‘’Leilah is the daughter of a Veteran, in fact VIL’s co-founder Darren. Being raised on a Military base and being an Air Cadet in her teen years, Leilah feels very passionate about all things involving the Armed Forces.Read More...
In recent years Leilah has taken a personal interest in Photography and Media and made a career in Film. Leilah hopes to use her media-based skills to tell the stories of the Veterans who come through VIL and get VIL’s message out for the world to see.
Billy Quiqq, Patron
“For over thirty years Billy has been involved in Learning and Development, loves working with both groups and individuals, whilst also advising and reviewing training functions within organisations
‘I am immensely proud and excited to be working with Veterans into Logistics, an organisation whose values and ethos mirror my own. Read More...
‘It is that experience I want to bring to the team here at Veterans into Logistics and help support those who need a little help in finding their right path, which might have some twists and turns, but what I do know is that Veterans into Logistics will be there to offer support whenever needed, even after the initial training has been completed and candidates are in their new job roles. That is what stands out to me and why I want to be involved’.
Billy’s background is in Public Transport where he started his career in Learning and Development as a Driving Instructor, after some years he moved into further education where he worked on various projects around the UK.
Now freelance, Billy has facilitated the design and delivery of various courses, these have been both bespoke and formal leading to recognised qualifications. The delivery of successful apprenticeship programmes has been a passion, using his Coaching and Mentoring skills resulting in a high achievement rate.
His Business Awareness Forums, an innovative approach to employee engagement, have been successful, involving all grades within a business coming together and agreeing shared goals. With a passion to pass on his many years’ experience Billy has delivered many trainer developments programmes, for both new and experienced trainers, coaches, and mentors, generally resulting in recognised formal qualifications.”
Book Your Training Course Today
Get in touch with us today by submitting our online enquiry form and a member of the VTA team will contact you back. Once done, this will enable us to start the process of getting you your LGV licence and more importantly getting you into work once qualified.
Alternatively, email your enquiry to us at; firstname.lastname@example.org
‘’I have known Darren since he first started Veterans Training Academy. 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 Training Academy 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/LGV qualifications’’
‘’I have been working with Darren from VTA from the inception idea of VTA. Darren worked tirelessly to get the business off the ground and his military mindset enabled him to focus on the overall outcome. I am pleased to see the business is now up and running and I am very proud to have played a small part in supporting VTA. I am looking forward to seeing those from military backgrounds have an opportunity to restart or further their career through this service is fantastic.
VTA has also stepped up during the CV19 pandemic and to witness the enthusiasm and dedication from the leadership team down to the ground is something to behold.
Good Luck with it all, not that you will need it’’
‘’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 makes referring Veterans a pleasure’’
‘’During the coronavirus pandemic, Trafford Veterans were asked by Trafford Council to support the supply of food bank boxes from the warehouses to emergency hubs.
We approached VTA to see if they could help us with the deliveries. They have kindly been supporting us ever since. This has helped not only local armed forces veterans but members of the wider community too. We would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to Darren and Veterans Training Academy for going the extra mile. We look forward to working with you in the future’’
‘‘Darren is very prompt in his response to all enquiries and referrals and always offers clear advice and support to our members. He has provided fully funded training packages to all the veterans we have referred. We are delighted with his service and look forward to working with VTA in the future’’
‘‘Since 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’’
‘‘I was unemployed and looking for work when I was referred to Groundworks through the employment advisor at the job centre. The advisor told me about VTA and how they offer funded LGV Driver Training for ex-military personnel. This was something I had always wanted to pursue but had never had the opportunity to do so. I immediately got in touch with VTA who started the process straight away.
With Darren being ex-military, he put me at ease and gave me the confidence that I could achieve my ambitions. The training at VTA is to a very high standard and the team make you feel welcome from day one’’
‘‘I left the Royal Navy in 2012 after 25 years of seeing service in the first Gulf War (Operation Granby), tours in Former Yugoslavia as NATO forces both on land and at sea, anti-piracy patrols in the Arabian Gulf, and in Port Bengazi, evacuating European nationals.
Since leaving service I tried jobs that did not use my full potential and skills. I struggled to find suitable courses and employment and eventually lost my self-esteem and self-belief. Then I was approached by the Forces Employment Charity and was put in touch with VTA. I underwent a training programme for my LGV licence on a course run by veterans who understand the daunting problems a service person faces when leaving service.
VTA not only runs courses by assists in helping the veteran to find work after training. They are great people and there are there for the individual’’