Craig Geared Up For Career As A Forklift Driving Instructor

03 February 2015
Matthew Nixon

Craig is now providing Forklift Driving training in our dedicated training facility.A LOCAL man has turned long-term unemployment into opportunity after qualifying as a forklift driving instructor within six months of coming to the Trust.

Craig Savage had been out of work for three years until he was referred to The Employability Trust in Peterlee through the Jobcentre Plus.

The 23-year-old joined the destination employment program to gain the skills industry employers look for and quickly decided he wanted forklift truck driver experience. Craig had previously held a licence as a driver for two years but hadn’t been able to gain employment due to of a lack of experience.

 After demonstrating a real passion and ability, the Trust's chief executive Bill Marley felt Craig had the potential to train as an instructor and put in for funding via Jobcentre Plus to enable him to complete a training course in Carlisle.

However, on his first attempt Craig was unsuccessful in passing the exams but with words of encouragement from Bill, additional training with warehouse manager Mick Johnson and funding from Durham County Council, he decided to re-sit them and passed.

Craig said: "I can't thank Bill and Mick enough for the faith they showed in me and motivation they gave me to re-sit the exams. I was so defeated after failing the first time around but they let me know they had my back and the fact they believed that I could go on and do it made me see I should have another go.

"I am so proud of myself and can't wait to start as an instructor. It hasn't quite sunk in yet."

Bill Marley said: "The Trust prides itself on helping people like Craig, who for one reason or another have struggled to find secure employment. They want to work but they need the support to get it. I really believed that Craig could do it and pushed him to take the exams again. That belief has certainly been repaid and I am over the moon for Craig."

The Trust has now helped over 87 per cent of the young people who have passed through its doors to find secure sustainable employment.

The Employability Trust is a fully accredited fork lift driver training centre. Its bespoke training centre boasts outstanding facilities in which to train and learn the safe operation of a variety of trucks and vehicles. The Trust covers courses for complete beginners to refresher courses and supervisory courses.

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