Koopman Logistics Group in Noordhorn has started, in cooperation with the Noorderpoort College in Groningen, a vocational school for truck drivers.
The students get the opportunity to get acquainted with all different aspects of the logistic process at Koopman. Koopman offers the students the perspective of a job after completing their study.
HR Director Marjo Trouw is happy about this step: “The shortage in drivers is growing enormously. The job of a driver has to be made attractive and should provide perspective. In my opinion companies should take their responsibility regarding the training and education of drivers. During their course all students will get acquainted with the entire process. The job of a driver is more than just driving a truck. It is important that the students get to know how a planning department functions, how our garage is organised as well as how the sorting process of parcels works.”
Koopman cooperates with the Noorderpoort College in Groningen and the Sector Institute Transport and Logistics (STL). The Training of skilled truck drivers at Noorderpoort College is brand new. The students go to school for one day a week. They can acquire their HGV licence as well as a code 95 certificate at a reduced rate. A student starts at one branch of Koopman with an internship of four to six weeks. After this period of time he goes to another branch of Koopman. At the end of his study the student did get a wide angle view of the Koopman activities and his or her possible place of work over there.
Also in the middle and southern part of the Netherlands
In the southern part of the Netherlands Koopman organised speed dates in cooperation with traffic school Blom as well as several different communities. Presently it looks like three students who participated in the speed dates will start very soon with a job in one of the Koopman Cargo branch offices in the southern and middle part of the Netherlands.