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Copart celebrates its first driver academy graduate

Copart is pleased to announce that they have tits first Copart Driver Academy graduate at its Operation Centre in Bristol, helping to secure the future supply of highly skilled Copart drivers! 


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Luke Geach

Joining the company’s already extensive range of training and development opportunities, Driver Academy forms an important part of the Copart Cares commitment to caring about its teammates, which includes providing pathways toward industry-recognised qualifications and progression opportunities within the business. 

The company launched the Copart Driver Academy programme in January 2022 in partnership with HGVC. As well as being the leading provider of commercial licence acquisition training courses in the UK, they are also the only ones to offer carbon neutral training.

In addition to external candidates, Copart also recruited internally with existing Copart teammates from a variety of roles and locations joining the programme. 

With the Copart Driver Academy, the company is aiming to deliver 100 new fully trained drivers in the first year as part of its wider expansion plans to continually enhance its vehicle collection and delivery capabilities across the UK. 

As part of the programme, trainees start by focusing on theory. They spend time in a Copart Operation Centre learning about the yard processes and shadowing an experienced Driver mentor to observe their daily duties, including safely loading and unloading vehicles from Copart’s multi-car transporters. 

This is followed up by the practical elements of the course, in association with HGVC, with further training in Copart transporters and off-site tests and assessments. 

Copart is very proud to announce that the first teammate to pass its Copart Driver Academy with flying colours is Luke Geach from Copart’s Bristol Operation Centre. 

Luke joined Copart in March 2022 as a Trainee Transporter Driver, having wanted to gain his Class 1 licence for some time. When he saw an advertisement for Driver Academy, he knew this would be the perfect opportunity to achieve his ambition.  

Luke’s Manager David at Copart Bristol, said: 

“After being successful with his interview, Luke started in the Bristol yard learning all of the Copart procedures which he will carry over as a driver.  

Whilst studying and practicing for his test he also accompanied other drivers so that he had knowledge of how different driving for Copart is than most other companies and trades, and this has already built great relationships with the team as a whole.  

When Luke called to tell me the news he was over the moon and couldn’t wait to resume his training. He is now in the final training stages with the Driver Trainer before he takes his first solo steps out as a fully-fledged and qualified Copart Class 1 driver.” 

Luke added: 

“My training was both varied and, at times, challenging. With hard work and support from my management and teammates, I have been able to achieve my goal of obtaining my C+E HGV licence.  

Now the real learning begins as I embark on a new career as a car transporter driver, and I can’t wait to get started!” 

Copart is very excited to see the first of many new highly skilled and quality assured drivers joining its transport fleet, as part of its ongoing investment into its logistical capabilities and operational excellence!

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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.