Helping budding mechanics fulfil their dreams

Posted by Jo Baldock | 23/05/2016 | Category: Corporate


Budding mechanics at Stephenson College in Leicestershire will find it easier to get a foot on the career ladder after taking delivery of two heavy goods vehicles donated by Central England Co-operative.  The two vehicles, which previously made deliveries to Society food stores, will get a second lease of life as training vehicles for students on the College’s HGV Maintenance and Repair course, allowing them to get hands on practical experience.  

Robin Farrell, Head of Distribution and Logistics at Central England Co-operative, commented:
“As a responsible business we put a large emphasis on making a positive contribution to the communities in which we trade. We’re delighted to hand over these two vehicles to the College, especially since it coincides with Responsible Business Week which aims to highlight the role that organisations like ours play in giving something back to Society.”

Responsible Business Week (18-22 April) is a national event run by Business in the Community which aims to highlight the role that businesses and organisations can play in making a fairer society and building a more sustainable future.

Talking about the donation, Mark Walker, Faculty Head of Engineering, Motor Vehicle, Mathematics and English added:
“We are incredibly grateful to Central England Co-operative for this very generous gift.  The opportunity for students to put theory into practice is an absolutely essential part of their learning but HGV vehicles are a significant investment for the College. These vehicles will benefit our students for many years to come, giving them a better chance of progressing on a rewarding technical career path whilst bringing wider benefits to our community.”

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business and currently holds two and a half stars in the BiTC annual CR Index in recognition of responsible business activity across a range of areas.  In 2015 the Society also became the fourth organisation worldwide, and the first in the retail sector, to achieve all four of the Carbon Trust’s internationally recognised environmental certifications.


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