Royal Mail offers to redeploy non-driving staff to driving roles

Royal Mail has announced it is to recruit 464 LGV drivers from existing, non-driving staff in response to the rapidly growing demand for parcels.

The postal operator has offered to redeploy staff in other Royal Mail jobs who hold an existing LGV license to help reduce its reliance on agency drivers. If the staff lack a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) then the postal operator will provide support in getting the CPC. It won’t however help them get their LGV license.

“This is potentially fantastic news for members and a positive sign in terms of workloads and revenues – as well as a great example of the practical benefits of the Pathway to Change agreement,” CWU assistant secretary Davie Robertson said.

“This campaign is a significant first step in the right direction – and it also provides career progression opportunities for individuals within the business who have the relevant driving licences (LGV C+E Licence) and want to become professional drivers,” explained Davie, who added that “the further commitment from the company to provide, free of charge, CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training removes what has been an obstacle for many members in the past.”

The first ‘wave’ of recruitment is underway right now and a second ‘wave’ of recruitment is set to take place from the 14th June.

“This is an excellent opportunity, and I would encourage all interested members to apply in line with the process outlined in the LTB,” Davie concludes.

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