Fleet Apprentices at Via East Midlands have been given a head
start in their learning with the donation of two vehicles from Nottinghamshire
County Council and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).
The vans, which previously formed part of fleets managed by
Via for each of the organisations, will be used solely to enable Via’s four
fleet apprentices to gain valuable knowledge and experience in vehicle
maintenance and repair.
NFRS and Via East Midlands began their partnership in July
2019, with us recently marking the first year of the contract. In that time Via
has completed almost 2,500 individual jobs for NFRS.
The five-year agreement, with the option to extend for a
further five years, has already improved efficiency, reduced costs and downtime
as well as improving operational reliability and providing additional
resilience for the service.
Terry Scott, Head of Procurement and Resources for Nottinghamshire
Fire and Rescue Service said: “The donated van had been at Via’s Bilsthorpe
workshops for a while awaiting disposal, so when we were approached by Via
asking if we were willing to donate it so that four new apprentices could use
it for training purposes, we were delighted to oblige.
“I hope the vehicle will prove useful in helping the
apprentices through their training and on to a successful career in the
“Via East Midlands are providing a vital service in
maintaining NFRS’ fleet, with the contract being managed and executed in an
extremely professional way.
“Via’s high performing team gives confidence to our
operational crews in the reliability of their vehicles and equipment.”