Drivers at a delivery firm that operates across north west England are celebrating after picking up new qualifications.
Pallets-to-parcels firm Delsol has been training staff to enhance their skills, with drivers rising through the ranks to be able to get on the road behind the wheel of the company’s largest trucks.
Also completing training courses thanks to the firm are administrators and managers, said Dave Phillips, Delsol managing director.
The company, which delivers goods, pallets and parcels around the UK for customers in Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales, employs 125 people and operates out of two depots.
Dave said: “Well done to all those members of staff who have just completed their training. It’s not always easy, fitting in studies around a job, so I admire their hard work and commitment.
“As a company Delsol believes in ensuring that staff are supported in developing their careers, as we can clearly see that this has positive benefits for everybody.”
Overseeing the training is HR manager Kathy Jones from Sealand, who has also just competed her Level Five CIPD qualification, studying at Coleg Cambria at Deeside.
The 33-year-old mum-of-two said: “I joined the company several years ago on the operations side and was encouraged to progress a career path with the company. The senior managers have been very supportive as they see the value of people developing their skills, right across the board, as it helps to retain staff and makes it a good place to work.
“I initially looked at doing my CIPD as an Open University course but felt that I would learn better alongside other people from local companies working in similar roles – it turned out that several worked at businesses that are customers of Delsol. The course, and my fellow students, have given me skills and knowledge that I use everyday, plus the confidence that I am capable of doing this job, which I really enjoy.”
Grant Mooney from Connah’s Quay, has gone from driving light vans to taking the wheel of a 40ft truck, thanks to taking advantage of the training courses on offer.
The 36-year-old, who cycles to work as part of his training for Ironman contests, said: “I’ve always loved driving and from a young age wanted to be a truck driver, so doing it for a living is cool. I get to drive long distances, to the Midlands and across north west England. As well as my Class One HGV licence, I’ve also got my ADR, which means I can transport hazardous chemicals safely around the country.
“Undertaking the training has really transformed my life, as being an HGV driver is well-paid, which means that I have been able to buy a house with my girlfriend, and we are now expecting a baby.”
Fellow driver Stewart Harrison, 31, from Ruthin, has also gained his ADR hazardous goods licence with Delsol, enabling him to transport thousands of items from perfumes and medicines to industrial solvents and paints under the national Hazchem regulations.
The 31-year-old former Ysgol Brynhyfryd pupil said: “I joined Delsol in 2013 as a van driver and I’ve gradually moved on to larger vehicles. I’ve presently got my Class Two HGV licence, and will be continuing to train for my Class One so I can drive the largest trucks in the fleet.
“I believe, though, that this isn’t just a driving job but a career with a company that feels like a big family. Everybody knows everybody else, and we get on well.
“I also tend to visit the same customers on my daily pick up and delivery routes, so I get to know the different people I meet, which helps make it more interesting as a job.”
Claire Maddock, from Connah’s Quay, has gained her level Two in Accountancy through Coleg Cambria’s Northop campus.
The keen darts player said: “I am now studying for my Advanced Level Three and want to go on to the professional Level, to fully qualify as an Accounting Technician.
“I joined Delsol five years ago with the operations team and was then given the chance to progress into a career. There has been a lot of home study and I am expecting a baby in summer, which will make it harder but I feel there are real benefits both for me and my job in achieving these qualifications.”
One of the company’s youngest recruits is 18-year-old Sam Williams from Saltney. The former Ysgol St David pupil is an apprentice fitter and is presently in his second year of a Level Two NVQ in motor vehicle mechanics at Coleg Cambria at Deeside.
He said: “Delsol feels like a really family company as everybody is very supportive. I’ve always loved lorries so getting to work on them every day is brilliant. Learning on the job, combined with day release to college, is the best way of getting the skills I need to become fully qualified.”
Mark Patrick-Hughes, who manages Delsol’s fleet in both its Caernarfon and Sandycroft bases, has just gained the Department of Transport’s Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), as part of the company’s Operator Licensing requirements.
Caernarfon-based staff who have also undergone training include former van driver Geraint Walker and ex-warehouse worker Aron Griffiths, who have both gained their Class One (CE) HGV licences, while forklift driver Robat Jones has passed his Class Two (C) HGV licence.
Delsol offers same day, overnight and international delivery and collection services. Its fleet of 90 modern trucks and vans deliver items around the UK and across the globe to retail, commercial, industrial and private addresses, for large companies through to small enterprises and personal customers.
Originally founded in 1999 in Bethesda, Gwynedd, Delsol opened a purpose-built delivery depot and warehouse facility in nearby Caernarfon in 2003, and six years later opened a second depot in Sandycroft, Deeside, Flintshire.
Delsol is a member of APC Overnight, the UK’s largest independent parcel delivery network, as well as the TPN pallet network, which offers sustainable, cost effective and reliable distribution around the UK and Ireland, and into Europe.
It is also part of the Hazchem network, the only pallet network dedicated to moving chemicals under strict regulations, from perfumes and medicines to industrial solvents and paints.