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Clearstone and Skills for Logistics to increase LGV career chances for women

9 May 2007 – Clearstone, the UK’s leading LGV driver training and recruitment organisation, today announces its appointment to deliver subsidised LGV training to women across the East Midlands, West Midlands and London. The campaign is part of the ‘Women & Work – Women into Transport’ initiative by Skills for Logistics, the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries, and aims to increase the popularity of LGV driving as a career choice for females.

The course involves innovative training solutions aimed at encouraging women to drive LGVs including the use of female trainers, access to mentors, plus the latest cabs that are modern, easy to drive and provide a good learning experience. Another area of the course helps candidates to develop green driving skills though learning to drive economically. Clearstone has recognised the time pressures that many women today face and will offer the course on a flexible basis to allow candidates to train around their work and family commitments. Once completed candidates will have a Category C LGV licence and a Driving Goods Vehicles NVQ.

The scheme is open to women working in the transport industry in other roles such as admin, who would like the opportunity to join their colleagues in the driving seat. Employers with female employees that would like to join the scheme can apply for the training, which is subsidised by funding from the Department for Education and Skills in a bid to develop skills from within the industry.

“Clearstone has been specially selected to deliver the project to women candidates in the East Midlands, West Midlands, and London areas. If you are a woman working in the industry and are interested in becoming an LGV driver we would urge you to speak to your employer about this opportunity, and if you are an employer interested in training female staff as LGV drivers then get in touch with Clearstone. Women into Transport provides an excellent opportunity for women considering moving from non–driving roles to face new challenges through this specialist training programme” commented Heidi Boateng, Women & Work project manager, Skills for Logistics.

“We are very enthusiastic about the opportunity to train and develop women drivers as part of this initiative. Women are clearly under-represented within this industry and we are happy to be involved in an initiative that will encourage more women to drive LGV’s.” added Paul Jacobs, CEO, Clearstone.

For further information on participating in the project please contact Clearstone on 01608 677618 or call Skills for Logistics on 01908 313360.

Notes to editors:

About Clearstone

Clearstone is the UK’s leading LGV driver training and recruitment organisation. With a network of training schools across the UK and a powerful recruitment arm, Clearstone boasts the unique ability to both develop a skills base for the industry through its unrivalled training capabilities and bridge the supply-gap by placing its newly qualified and experienced drivers into permanent roles. Clearstone also provides training for corporate clients who choose to outsource their requirements. For more information about Clearstone, visit www.clear-stone.co.uk or call 020 7419 8345.

About the Women & Work Sector Pathways Initiative

The Women & Work Sector Pathways Initiative aims to raise recruitment levels in sectors where women are under-represented, increase earning potential and aid career progression. The initiative is in response to recommendations by the Women & Work Commission’s report ‘Shaping a Fairer Future’ and receives government funding, matched by employer contributions.

About Skills for Logistics

Skills for Logistics is the Sector Skills Council for the freight logistics industries. It is a registered charity and an independent, UK-wide organisation run for employers, by employers, to tackle the skills and productivity needs of the logistics sector. It is owned and led by the industry and has the active backing of over 100 of the UK's top freight transport businesses as well as the leading trade bodies and Trade Unions. The British Association of Removers, the British International Freight Association, the Despatch Association, the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association, the Transport and General Workers Union, the UK Warehousing Association and the United Road Transport Union all support the organisation.

Skills for Logistics is part of the Skills for Business Network. Its' programmes include the Young LGV Driver Scheme, the Scottish Driver Training Scheme and Apprenticeships for a wide range of occupations across the sector.

For further information please visit www.skillsforlogistics.org.

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For further information please contact:

Lorna Thompson / Sophie Orlando
Octopus Communications for Clearstone
T: 08453 700 655
E: Clearstone@octopuscomms.net

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