The Sky’s the Limit! Abbey’s New Apprenticeship Scheme Finds Recruits Through Think Logistics


Several students who attended Think Logistics seminars have now started work on this year’s apprenticeship and trainee scheme at Abbey Logistics.

These young people who were introduced to Think Logistics in 2018 and 2019 kept in touch with Abbey Logistics and are now employed in a number of different roles across the business. Further proof of the positive impact of the Think Logistics scheme and how it can help identify logistics leaders of the future.

Logistics Apprenticeships

The scope and breadth of what Abbey Logistics does is reflected in the range of apprenticeships and professional training opportunities on offer to talented and ambitious young people.

Providing hands-on experience in their chosen field, apprentices and trainees can play a key role in contributing to the future success of the company. In addition, they are gaining on-the-job knowledge and experience from industry leaders and earning a competitive salary, while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

A Structured Approach

In the last 2 years, Abbey’s HR team has worked with several colleges across the North West together with training providers, to develop an apprenticeship scheme that provides the structure and guidance needed to support young people starting their careers with Abbey Logistics.

The apprenticeships and trainee schemes support multiple areas of the business, from finance and customer service, to vehicle technicians and drivers, with each business area providing a fully trained mentor from within that division to offer guidance and support for the duration of the apprenticeship. Wider support is provided by our HR team who work across all schemes as a point of contact for apprentices and to ensure both the apprentice and the business are getting maximum value from the scheme.

Adding Value

At the end of 2019, the new recruits were invited to join members of Abbey’s senior management team at Head Office. For several of them, it was the first time they’d been to Head Office and provided an opportunity to meet each other and share their experiences since joining.

They each delivered a short presentation on their role to their peers and senior managers, giving an overview of their journey with Abbey to date and their aspirations for the future. The event was important for show the new recruits how each of their roles supports the business and plays a key part in the success of the Group.

A Tried and Tested Approach

Apprenticeship schemes and training programmes for young people is a key growth strategy championed by Abbey Logistics CEO, Steve Granite and delivered by Abbey’s HR team. Having joined Abbey as an apprentice aged 16, Steve is an example of what can be achieved through earn while you learn schemes, and he appreciates the responsibility he and Abbey have as an employer to provide young people the opportunities and experience they need to start their careers.

As a business, Abbey has also seen the benefits young people can bring to the organisation, from fresh ideas to renewed energy. As the sector faces a skills shortage, Abbey is doing what it can to prepare for the future and ensure the security of the business for many years to come.