Rochdale News | News Headlines | Rochdale Council provides a training area for the Heywood Veterans Charity



Date published: November 11, 2022


Local charity Veterans into Logistics has been granted space on Bowlee by Rochdale Borough Council, to enable them to set up their own DVSA approved recoil testing site, which will speed up the licensing process heavyweight by veterans.

Veterans into Logistics has successfully trained or supported hundreds of ex-military personnel into new heavy truck driving careers with respected logistics companies including Asda, Muller and XPO Logistics. This designated training area will allow veterans to practice their reversing skills before taking their truck driving exams and being on the path to new careers in the logistics industry.

Bowlee is a Site of Military Interest as it is a former RAF barrage balloon squadron headquarters which was struck by German Luftwaffe aircraft on 7 March 1941.

A veteran who became Chief Logistics Operations Officer and Battery Commander of the Royal Artillery in the Army Reserves, Major Ian Battersby served over 40 years in the British Army and recently completed 12 years of service as a commissioned officer. He is passionate about supporting veterans in their driving career when they leave the military.

He said: “I would like to thank Rochdale Borough Council for allowing veteran logistics to use this designated part of Bowlee to practice reversing our HGV. This has helped the charity immensely and will allow veterans to learn one of the most challenging aspects of their training in a safe and beautiful location with military history.

“Our mission is to reduce unemployment and homelessness within the armed forces community. Once veterans have their truck license, we can help them find employment, providing structure, stability and financial security. »

Councilor Janet Emsley, a member of the Rochdale Borough Council’s Armed Services Cabinet, said: ‘Big credit to the logistics veterans who, through DVSA approved instructors, are working hard to help former servicemen who can find it difficult to adapt to civilian life, providing qualifications, new opportunities and, above all, a new start to find employment in transport and logistics.

“Bolee’s hard surface area provides the perfect space to train and practice reversing large vehicles and is just another way for us to help support the Armed Forces family.”

If you are a veteran and are interested in a career in logistics, please contact Veterans into Logistics for advice and support at: [email protected]

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