PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | NEWS IN BRIEF
NEW LOOK FOR STOURBRIDGE SHUTTLE
Stourbridge’s award-winning Ultra-Light Rail Shuttle has been given a facelift, as it celebrates one of its most reliable periods during the ten years of operation on the line and as part of the rebranding operation into West Midlands Railway livery.
The Shuttle, operated by Pre-Metro Operations, has received a bespoke version of the orange/purple design. The company also worked with West Midlands Railway and Sam Jessup Design to provide some new interior panels, which celebrate Stourbridge.
The Stourbridge Shuttle operation, between the town’s junction and railway stations, has hit new heights with its reliability figures. Already one of the UK’s most reliable public transport operations, the service recorded 100% reliability in three consecutive reporting periods between March-May 2019. The Shuttle recorded 16,286 journeys, all on time, with no cancellation of service.
OPENING DOORS FOR SCHOOLS, STUDENTS AND BUSINESS
Led by the RSA Academies and the Black Country LEP, a new programme called Opening Doors in the Black Country has launched.
The programme provides employers with an opportunity to give an insight to local schools about their business and giving young people a real view of what happens within a sector and what careers are available. Opening Doors supports the work of the Black Country Careers Hub and is looking to sign-up more businesses to support the project.
SUCCESSFUL YEAR ENABLES MOVING COMPANY TO GROW OWN TALENT
As the removals and transport industry contends with the increasing shortage of HGV drivers, West Midlands based Burke Bros Moving Group have created their own solution to the skills shortage; to grow their own talent.
The company achieved a successful year during the last financial year but were finding themselves hindered by the shortage of qualified drivers. As a result, they have invested in developing their existing removal crews by upskilling those in non-driver roles to train for and acquire driving licences, HGV licences and, in some cases, to upgrade from class two to class one licences for those that want to develop their skills with the company.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) believes the sector is short of 43,000–45,000 drivers and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has suggested it is closer to 60,000. The driver shortage is believed to be increasing as the number of drivers retiring from the industry exceeds new entrants.