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'civvy street' help for army leavers; Mersey training firm provides 25 free courses to Services.

Byline: NEIL HODGSON Business Reporter NeilHodgson6 @

A MERSEYSIDE company is offering free workplace training packages to Army personnel as part of its pledge under the Armed Forces Covenant.

Express Direct Training (EDT) provides the training and qualifications needed to work in the warehousing and logistics industry.

It has pledged 25 free training packages comprising 10 for Reservists of the Mather Avenue-based 156 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), and the remaining 15 to other military personnel who are preparing to leave the services.

On Monday this week, Private Robert Hughes, 25, a Reservist with 156 RLC, from Bootle, took up the first course, training as a civilian fork-lift truck driver.

The EDT courses differ from equivalent military warehousing courses, in that they certify for work on civilian equipment and in a civilian workplace.

EDT and the Army Reserve expect the courses to further improve service leavers and Reservists' employability in "Civvy Street".

Private Hughes, and Private Chrissy Dawson, 22, from Southport, and also of 156 RLC, began their first day of training as fork-lift truck drivers, through the EDT courses.

EDT's managing director, Stephen Canavan, said: "Some of our staff members serve in the Army Reserve, so we know and understand the organisation well.

"It made sense for us to sign the covenant and then make the offer of training."

He added: "We're delighted that Robert and Chrissy are taking up the offer."

Major Roly Sutton, of 156 Regiment RLC, said: "We're really grateful for this offer from Stephen and his team. By working closely with companies like EDT, we can share experience and skills to the benefit of the military and civilian logistics sectors."

Express Direct Training has two locations in the area, in Randles Road, Knowsley Business Park, and also Faraday Road, Liverpool.


Stephen Canavan, of Express Direct Training, with Private Robert Hughes, from Netherton, and Private Chrissy Dawson, | |from Southport, from 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, on their first day of training as a fork-lift truck drivers Picture: ANDREW TEEBAY

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2015
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