Craig Hufton

Craig Hufton, apprentice at XPO Logistics.

A Rotherham single parent is celebrating getting back into work after starting an apprenticeship through Barnsley College.

Craig Hufton, 45, of Goldthorpe, started his Level 2 Warehousing and Logistics apprenticeship at XPO Logistics in April, and now works as a warehouse assistant. XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistics solutions, with over 15,000 employees and 197 locations in the United Kingdom, including approximately 3.5 million square metres of warehousing.

Craig left employment in 2007 due to his commitments to childcare. Since then, he had been trying to find a new job that would accommodate his needs while providing a wage to support his family.

Earlier this year, he enrolled in the Lone Parents Work Preparation course, an eight-week employability skills course at Barnsley College. The course is specially tailored to fit around childcare and offers students an opportunity to gain essential work experience.

Craig said: “I’ve been on a few courses so I knew what to expect, but the Lone Parents Work Preparation course was fun. It is always good to do these things and learn something new.

During his four weeks of work experience at the FareShare Yorkshire charity, Craig completed a Level 1 Award in warehousing and storage and received a forklift truck training qualification. After the course finished, he kept on volunteering to gain more experience before applying for the apprenticeship at XPO Logistics.

Craig said: “I’ve not been on the apprenticeship for very long, but I’m really enjoying it. I like the ethics of XPO Logistics and the way they look after their staff. I do feel more tired in the evenings! But in all seriousness, I’m glad to be back in employment. I intend to look into developing my career further with XPO Logistics. I want to take as many opportunities as I can so I can succeed.”

Barnsley College works with companies and charities such as XPO Logistics and FareShare Yorkshire to provide workplace training that helps their students succeed in a range of industries in the area. The college periodically hosts XPO Logistics recruitment events aimed at communicating more about career options available at the company.

Ken Perritt, account director, supply chain – UK and Ireland, for XPO Logistics, said: “Craig is a fantastic addition to our team. He is enthusiastic and dedicated to his training. He also looks out for the other apprentices and members of staff, making sure that the team runs efficiently.

“XPO Logistics prides itself on its dedication to the continual development of its staff. We work with Barnsley College in various ways, not just apprenticeships. It’s important to have these links with training providers so that we can help the local community grow and develop.”

Gareth Batty, Chief Executive of FareShare Yorkshire, said: “FareShare’s collaboration with the college is a great partnership of two organisations working to support local job seekers in their transition to long-term employment. The charity benefits significantly from the work of our apprentices, ensuring that we can continue to redistribute over 51 tonnes of food every month across the region.”

For more information about the range of apprenticeships and training courses available at Barnsley College, contact the Work Based Learning Team on +44 (0)1226 216 166, email apprenticeships@barnsley.ac.uk or visit www.barnsley.ac.uk.

Last updated: 6th July 2016

Originally posted on: 6th July 2016