UPS has opened a driver training facility in Burton-upon-Trent to train up to 1,000 drivers a year.
It is named Integrad after the UPS training method it will host. The training focuses on safe driving and service methods, and includes a mixture of 3-D computer simulations, webcast learning modules, and traditional classroom instruction.
The UPS Integrad training method was conceived in 2005, following a $1.8 million grant from the US Department of Labor to study how young people learn in an increasingly digital world.
The facility will also offer “train-the-trainer” classes for driving supervisors.
The curriculum teaches the same methods used by UPS Circle of Honor members – an elite group of more than 9,000 active UPS drivers who have not experienced an avoidable accident for 25 years or more.
Luis Arriaga, president UK, Ireland & Nordics at UPS, said: “Our drivers’ skill and dedication sets us apart in the market, attracts new customers and allows our operations to run smoothly. We’ll continue to invest in the UK workforce to meet growing volume and customer demand.”
UPS is currently has 60 operating facilities with a fleet of 2,200 vehicles in the UK and is planning to open a giant sorting and distribution facility at the DP World London Gateway later this year.