Manchester-based Veterans into Logistics has replaced three of its existing vehicles with two Volvo FH Globetrotter tractor units and an 18-tonne Volvo FL 250 rigid. This was made possible thanks to Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland and Asda donating the vehicles alongside a £30k grant from the Veterans’ Foundation.
Every year, Veterans into Logistics helps around 150 ex-military personnel to train and obtain HGV licences for a new career in logistics. The charity is supported by partners Asda, Mϋller UK & Ireland and Stobart who are keen to employ veterans.
Carl White, used truck director for Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland said: “We heard Veterans into Logistics was looking for a new training vehicle and we wanted to help. After identifying the perfect truck, we set about preparing it as we would any Volvo Approved customer vehicle, with an intermediate service, tachograph calibration, comprehensive 200-point inspection, full cosmetic check, and professional valet. The two vehicles funded by the Veterans’ Foundation have since followed precisely the same preparation process.”
David Shaw, CEO Veterans’ Foundation said: “The Veterans’ Foundation is delighted to continue its support of Veterans into Logistics through this grant to help fund the purchase of new vehicles to train the military community.”
Chris Hall, vice president Asda Logistics Services, said: “We are proud to donate a trailer to Veterans in Logistics to assist with the ongoing training requirements, which will ensure we can continue to support the great work in helping veterans back into work. We are excited to continue our long standing partnership and initiatives with the charity, including giving access to their team to refuel their new fleet at our Rochdale depot using liquid natural gas and offering employment opportunities across our depots.”
John Harker MBE, general manager of Veterans into Logistics, said: “We desperately needed to modernise our training fleet. Volvo Trucks, Asda and the Veterans’ Foundation jointly stepped up at the perfect time - their generosity has been incredible and the charity is extremely grateful.
“The modern Volvo trucks will have a significant impact on our operational effectiveness and will enable the charity to continue providing HGV driver training to veterans and armed forces service leavers in a more environmentally friendly and efficient way.
“Our mission is to secure voluntary funds to provide HGV driver training for veterans, then guide them into well-paid careers with respected logistics partners. To accomplish this, we need quality training vehicles we can rely on. To say the new vehicles will be working hard for us is an understatement!”