Training and Developing Skills

Driving Change

Driving Change is our 12-month paid training programme which offers previously long-term unemployed people a fixed term employment contract, and the opportunity to obtain a range of qualifications to prepare them for work in the logistics industry.

The Driving Change trainees work towards a number of transferable and industry specific qualifications, including a Car Licence and the Large Goods Vehicle Class 2 licence. During the 12-months of the Driving Change programme, trainees build up a record of work experience that they can demonstrate to future employers and crucially they build their confidence in the workplace. 

Driving Change Trainees receive:

  • Fixed term employment contract
  • Salaried position paying the market rate
  • Real on the job training - trainees work everyday with real customers and take on real responsibility
  • Transferrable skills and qualifications: First Aid, Health & Safety, Manual Handling, Environmental Awareness, Equal Opportunities, Job Search skills, Interview Skills training
  • Industry specific training:
  • For “Driver Trainees” who already have a car licence: Large Goods Vehicle Class II theory test, practical test, hazard perception test, tachograph training and drivers certificate of professional competence,
  • For “Loader Trainees” who do not have a car licence: Car Driving theory test, practical test,
  • For all trainees: Choice of specialist training – Fork Lift Truck licences in Counterbalance and Reach, HIAB (vehicle mounted loader crane) or ADR (transporting hazardous goods).

Retail Roots

Retail Roots is our Retail training programme for people who would like a career in Retail and Customer Services. Through Retail Roots we offer;

  • Fixed term employment contract
  • Salaried position paying the market rate
  • Real on the job training - trainees work everyday with real customers and take on real responsibility
  • Transferrable skills and qualifications: First Aid, Health & Safety, Manual Handling, Environmental Awareness, Equal Opportunities, Job Search skills, Interview Skills training, care driving licence
  • Industry specific training:
  • NVQ Level II in Customer Service

Launch Pad

Launch Pad is a flexible programme which offers people from a range of backgrounds the opportunity to gain skills and experience in a real work environment.  The Launch Pad programme developed out of informal work placement opportunities that FRC Group has offered since 2006, and throughout the year opportunities were available across all areas of the FRC Group

Because Launch Padders are at FRC Group for varying amounts of time depending on their needs, we ensure that the work they carry out is not vital to the success of our business, while also making sure it provides meaningful work experience.

Elev8

Elev8 is an 8 week voluntary placement programme for people to obtain their Fork Lift Truck licence and obtain valuable work experience. Elev8ers volunteer for 8 weeks in our Furniture Resource Centre Warehouse. They receive training to help them achieve their Fork Lift Truck licence, and then they work in a real warehouse environment and ‘practice’ their new skills. This additional experience helps people to strengthen their position in the job market

Ongoing Development

The ongoing development of all of our staff at FRC Group is very important to us and we know it is vital to the success of our businesses and campaigns. People are our greatest asset and we believe in giving them opportunities to be the best that they can be. We ensure that all staff are fully trained to carry out their current role and we encourage them to continue to develop themselves by giving them access to high quality training and enriching their jobs where we can.