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The Clever Web Company

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Culina Group

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Asda

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XPO Logistics

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Muller

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Hoyer Group

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30th January 2022

I feel like me again’ – troubled Army vets are helping fix driver shortage

Some UK veterans can face difficulties finding employment when returning to civilian life, but one ex-soldier wants to help them get back in the driving seat.

“Take your time, compose yourself, check your mirrors.”

Darren Wright is training a new recruit to become an HGV driver. Many of the people that sit alongside him have something in common – they are all ex-military. The 46-year-old has been running Veterans into Logistics, a not-for-profit organisation in Greater Manchester, for 19 months.

“We get veterans who are struggling to find employment,” he says. “We reach out to them, we put our [arms] around them and we support them into becoming HGV drivers.”

Government figures published in 2017 show that of 952,000 veterans of working age, 28,000 were unemployed.

Darren says there is a lack of support for those who leave the armed forces without a trade or skill. Many he encounters are battling with low confidence or have mental health problems.

“They put a lot of trust in me,” he says. “I can talk to them and go, ‘Listen mate, I’ve been there, I know what it’s like, but trust me, let’s get you trained up, let’s get you a job.'”

Growing up on a council estate in north Manchester, Darren left school without any qualifications or many prospects. He joined the Army at 23 and served as a gunner and paratrooper in 21 Battery, 47 Regiment, Royal Artillery for five years. He did a tour of Afghanistan and was discharged in 2004 suffering undiagnosed post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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3rd October 2021

Thousands of army veterans ready to tackle HGV crisis ‘but are being ignored by No 10’

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13th August 2021

TIGER TRAILERS SUPPORTS VETERANS INTO LOGISTICS AT A KEY TIME FOR THE ROAD TRANSPORT SECTOR

Tiger Trailers is delighted to have provided initial support to non-profit organisation Veterans into Logistics at an important time for the community interest company (CIC) itself, the ex-military personnel and families it assists, and the supply chain and haulage industry as a whole.

Veterans into Logistics’ primary objectives include providing HGV/LGV driver training to empower former armed forces members to embark on and enjoy fulfilling careers in road transport rather than face a life of unemployment and sometimes homelessness, and the organisation’s growing vehicle fleet features its liveried DAF CF85 truck tractor unit on centre stage, named in memory of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

The organisation recently strengthened its training vehicle provision with a class 1 ‘box van’ trailer, which Tiger Trailers inspected, serviced and carried out modifications to when the Veterans into Logistics (VIL) team visited the Cheshire manufacturer’s site. The 13.6m trailer’s tail-lift was removed and replaced with new underrun bars and lights, and various external enhancements were made to the bodywork, providing VIL with the confidence to fully utilise this important asset in their activities.

Darren Wright, Veterans into Logistics’ co-founder and Director & Logistics Advisor, comments: “Many thanks to Tiger Trailers for providing us with much-needed fixtures to our ‘Class 1’ trailer and for inviting us to their site to meet their team, which included former Staffordshire Regiment soldier Steven Creswell.”

Veterans into Logistics’ full management team visited Tiger Trailers’ Winsford factory for the trailer’s servicing and handover, namely Major Ian Battersby (Director), Janice Gurney (Finance Director), Darren Wright (Director & Logistics Advisory) and Leilah Wright (Media Supervisor).

VIL’s debut visit to Tiger coincided with the attendance of the eye-catching Derian House Children’s Hospice Volvo FH Globetrotter operated by Thomas Hardie Commercials of Middlewich, who were providing truck safety sessions to the manufacturer’s engineering, production, supply chain and other teams.

Steven Cresswell, Stage 1-5 Production Manager at Tiger Trailers, is himself a veteran, having served in Iraq and other locations with Staffordshire Regiment, and was delighted to meet the VIL team and pose for a photograph with them in acknowledgement of the great and multi-faceted work the organisation does.

Formed in 2020 with the aim of reducing unemployment amongst military veterans while helping safeguard their mental health, VIL provides skills, opportunities, and personal support to veterans struggling to cope with reintegration into civilian life, and its HGV training focus comes at a time when the UK’s truck driver shortage is widely publicised and urgently needs addressing as the haulage sector approaches its Christmas peak.

Encouraging women into the logistics sector as drivers is seen by Tiger Trailers and many other entities as a key way of addressing the truck driver shortage while ensuring that the industry becomes increasingly diverse and welcoming. Heidi Chapman, Cheshire businesswoman and tireless charity campaigner whose activities currently see her driving class 2 HGVs as she works towards her class 1 licence, is part of VIL’s wider team and attended the trailer handover at Tiger Trailers.

“We are very proud to have been able to provide support to Veterans into Logistics by servicing and modifying their HGV trailer and it was an honour to welcome their entire team to our HQ to discuss the excellent and timely work they do, and how we can continue to work together going forward, to support both veterans and their families plus the wider road transport sector at such a challenging time”, comments Alison Cartwright who heads Tiger Trailers’ CSR and safety activities.

Veterans into Logistics has already helped many ex-military personnel into HGV/LGV driving careers, such as former Queens Lancashire Regiment soldier Steven Eden who now drives a class 1 for ASDA, and disabled ex-Royal Artillery soldier Craig Dyer who has taken up driving Wilko lorries for Wincanton. The Armed Forces Covenant silver award-winning organisation has recently had discussions with hauliers including Kinaxia Logistics and Mark Thompson Transport on how to lessen the truck driver shortage, and VIL has received donations from well-known personalities including former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton.

Tiger Trailers, headquartered at the Bostock end of Winsford Industrial Estate on a site that in January will be just three years old and was the sector’s first to include an indoor showroom, is one of the UK’s small number of leading articulated semi-trailer and rigid bodywork manufacturers and employs around 200 people. Its product range spans from curtainsiders and box vans to fixed and moving double deck trailers, demountables, flatbeds, rigid bodywork and specialist builds such as fork-lift truck carriers.

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15th July 2021

VETERANS INTO LOGISTICS HONOURS FUSILIER LEE RIGBY

Veterans into Logistics – a not for profit truck training organisation has named a vehicle after Fusilier Lee Rigby.

The DAF CF85 was presented at an event attended by the Rigby family in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

In addition, armed forces lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Chris Thomas, Chris Clarkson MP and Mayor Andy Burnham were present.

Veterans into Logistics was established last year, aiming to cut unemployment amongst military veterans.

In other words, the organisation provides skills and opportunities to veterans as they readjust to civilian life.

Meanwhile, it is also in the process of applying for charity status.

Clarkson explained he had “really enjoyed” working with Veterans into Logistics.

“When Darren [Wright] got in touch about the work he and the team were doing, I was keen to find out more.

“Together I hope we can provide many more opportunities for our veterans.”

Darren Wright, founder and director of Veterans into Logistics, was delighted with the response from the Rigby family.

“Lee’s name will take pride of place on our DAF CF,” he said.

“The truck plays a key role in helping to provide a new career to the UK’s military veterans.”

Importantly, as well as mentoring, the Veterans into Logistics team delivers training to allow ex-military personnel to gain their HGV licence.

Above all, lessons are delivered using the organisation’s dedicated LF and CF trucks.

Once qualified, the in-house recruitment team helps new drivers to find their first role within the transport and logistics industry.

“Many who leave the armed forces without a trade or transferable skill struggle to meaningful employment,” stated Wright.

“Therefore, having employment is a major factor in a person’s mental health, as employment gives you structure and financial security.”

Concluding, he said that his mission was to reduce unemployment within the veterans community.

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14th July 2021

Veterans into Logistics names DAF truck in memory of Fusilier Lee Rigby

Not for profit HGV training organisation, Veterans into Logistics, has named its DAF CF85 training vehicle in memory of Fusilier Lee Rigby, in a moving tribute at Rochdale Cricket Club, Greater Manchester.

Guests at last weekend’s COVID-safe event included the family of Lee Rigby, Armed Forces Lead for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Chris Thomas, Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton, Chris Clarkson, and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Veterans into Logistics was established last year with the aim of reducing unemployment amongst military veterans. The organisation, which is currently applying for charity status, provides much-needed skills, opportunities, and personal support to veterans struggling to cope with reintegration into civilian life.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the team from Veterans into Logistics,” said MP for Heywood and Middleton, Chris Clarkson, “Our armed forces are especially close to my heart, so when Darren [Wright] got in touch about the work he and the team were doing to support service leavers into the logistics sector, I was keen to find out more.

“Right now,” he said, “the country is facing a serious shortage of qualified heavy-goods drivers and so the work that VIL is doing is especially important for our national recovery from coronavirus. Together I hope we can provide many more opportunities for our veterans in this critically important and highly rewarding sector.”

Darren Wright, Founder and Director of Veterans into Logistics, said, “We’re honoured to have named our training vehicle in Lee’s memory and to welcome his mother Lyn Rigby and close family to the tribute on the anniversary of his funeral. Lee’s name,” he said, “will take pride of place on our DAF CF, which plays a key role in helping to provide a new career to the UK’s military veterans.”

In addition to one-to-one mentoring, the Veterans into Logistics team delivers the necessary training to allow ex-military personnel to gain their HGV driving licence. Lessons are delivered using the organisation’s dedicated DAF LF and CF trucks. Once qualified, the in-house recruitment team helps new drivers to find their first role within the transport and logistics industry.

Wright added, “So many service leavers who leave the armed forces without a trade or transferable skill struggle to meaningful employment. Having employment is a major factor in a person’s mental health, as employment gives you structure, stability and financial security which is needed to get by in life.

“Our mission,” he said, “is to reduce unemployment within the veteran’s community and all our veterans to earn a sustainable living.”

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4th June 2021

Wigan army veteran secures job as supermarket driver thanks to helping hand

An army veteran is back on the road and forging a new career after receiving support from an organisation helping former military personnel.

Steven Eden, who lives in Lower Ince, spent five-and-a-half years serving his country as a member of the infantry for the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.

He did several tours of Northern Ireland and learned how to drive lorries in South Armagh, before returning to “Civvy Street” in 2005.

Because he had a HGV class two driving licence, Steven started work driving skip wagons when he returned home.

But it was a job he had to leave when he gave up his driving licence for five years for health reasons.

It was a real blow for Steven and after regaining his driving licence in 2019, he was keen to get back behind the wheel.

The army put him in contact with a not-for-profit organisation called Veterans Into Logistics, which supports ex-military personnel and their families who are finding it difficult to secure meaningful employment.

This includes veterans who are long-term unemployed, homeless or leaving custody, as well as those seeking a new career.

Steven, 45, said: “They got me my class one, they put me through my test. They also got me on a course for health and safety in the workplace level two. They got my test dates too.

“They took me out on driving lessons constantly and they got my test booked. It got cancelled because of Covid and it was put back to April.”

Steve secured his HGV class one driving licence and had an assessment for a job with supermarket giant Asda, with help again from Veterans Into Logistics.

And just four days after passing his test, he gained full-time employment as a lorry driver with the firm.

He started training for his new role last month and spent time shadowing other drivers, before getting behind the wheel alone.

Steven is delighted to have secured his new job and hopes to inspire his four children, his four-year-old grandson and the two grandchildren due to be born imminently.

He said: “I want to set a good example for my grandkids on the way. My son is 13 and likes seeing all the trucks.”

Steven is grateful to Veterans Into Logistics for all the help he has received as he aimed to return to a career on the roads.

He said: “I got myself in the frame of mind that I’m doing this because I want a decent job. They got me on the courses for class one and influenced me and said it would pay off eventually.

“It has paid off now, because I have my licence and certificates for all the courses I have done. I have done a lot of courses with Veterans Into Logistics.”

Life outside the army can sometimes be difficult for veterans, so Steven encouraged other former military personnel to follow in his footsteps.

He said: “They should get their HGV licence. You will always find work with that.

“People like getting stuck in and digging holes and moving bricks, but some people might like driving a vehicle and dragging goods off for companies. It depends what you like.”

Whatever people choose to do after the army, he encouraged them to be committed.

“Stick at it and get your goals done,” he said.

“If you want to achieve something, get stuck in.”

Steven recently received a cheque on behalf of Veterans Into Logistics from boxer Ricky Hatton, who donated £10,000 after hearing about the work done by the Heywood-based organisation.

The organisation is currently seeking funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to further their support to not only veterans, but also people with convictions.

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14th May 2021

Wigan army veteran collects £10k cheque from boxer Ricky Hatton

Boxer Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton presented £10,000 to a Wigan army veteran to help former military personnel pursuing new careers.

Steve Eden left the British Army in 2015 and struggled to find work, before he completed LGV training with Veterans Into Logistics and got a job as a driver for Asda.

The organisation specialises in training veterans hoping to work in the transport sector and will use the money to help more people.

Ricky heard about the work of Veterans Into Logistics and invited them to visit his gym and collect the cheque.

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18th April 2021

Former soldier Darren Wright, was jailed for 11 years for kidnapping. Now he’s dedicated his life to giving veterans a sense of pride and purpose

As he walked away from a close friend’s funeral, Darren Wright made a promise to himself.

His pal from the military, Sergeant Jamie Doyle, had taken his own life within a year of leaving the army, after struggling to adapt when his 22 years of service was up.

He was only in his early forties.

Darren had seen too many others finding the return into civilian life punishing – including himself.

He, too, had left the army only to soon find himself suicidal and ‘lost’.

“I was in a bad way. I didn’t want to live. I just didn’t care about life,” he says.

His own spiral downwards ended up in criminality – and he admits the only reason he is still alive today is because he was handed an 11-year prison sentence.

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18th April 2021

‘I served in Afghanistan but when I came back to the UK I became gangland kidnapper’

Former soldier Darren Wright, from Manchester, now hopes to offer a beacon of help for others in a similar situation, saying prison saved his life.

A former soldier has lifted the lid on his battle after leaving the military – which saw him become a gangland kidnapper as he struggled with PTSD.

Darren Wright now hopes to offer a beacon of help for others in a similar situation, saying prison saved his life.

He was inspired to turn his life around after the death of a close friend from his army days.

Darren’s pal Sergeant Jamie Doyle had taken his own life within a year of leaving the army, after struggling to adapt when his 22 years of service was up.

Darren had seen too many others finding the return into civilian life punishing – including himself, the Manchester Evening News reports.

He, too, had left the army only to soon find himself suicidal and ‘lost’.

Now out and reformed after getting the help he needed, Darren is determined to provide a rescue path for those in a similar position to what he found himself in.

He is highly motivated, confident, and straight talking – with all the life experience to keep others from making the same mistakes.

Darren’s upbringing was tough. He had left school with no qualifications, was a father by the time he was 17, and a dad of three at 19.

The army was a way out and an opportunity and so, back in 1999 at the age of 23, Darren signed up.

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