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Europa announces RAPID class of 2019

The RAPID Career Development Programme

Innovative and ambitious leading logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group has announced its RAPID Career Development Programme class of 2019.

Piloted last year, Europa’s RAPID Career Development Programme has been designed for school leavers as a fast-track route into management, targeting bright and sparky 18 to 21-year-olds.

RAPID was created to offer a unique opportunity for school leavers who have decided university is not the route for them as well as addressing the challenge of recruitment in the logistics sector.

About Europa

Europa Worldwide Group is a specialist road, air & sea and warehouse operator, with a £200m turnover, employing 900 staff across 16 sites in the UK, plus Belgium and Hong Kong.

The first of its kind for logistics

The RAPID programme is the brainchild of Europa’s Managing Director Andrew Baxter who started work straight from school so is a passionate advocate of learning on the job.

The first of its kind within the logistics industry, the four-year RAPID programme offers passionate school leavers a career in logistics.

Initially led by Sales Director, Dionne Redpath and Group Recruitment & Talent Manager, Vanita Dass-Puri, the search for the countries brightest and most passionate students interested in a career in logistics began in Spring 2019 and included visits to over 40 schools and events around the country, meeting over 700 interested students.

Hundreds of applications were whittled down to the current intake and these new “RAPIDS” are now working in both Europa Road and Europa Air & Sea divisions.

Andrew Baxter, Managing Director of Europa Worldwide Group

“It’s a time to celebrate as we introduce 19 talented young recruits into the Europa family. As someone who went to work straight from school, I’m delighted to give other talented youngsters the opportunity to do the same.

“Having met the new RAPIDS we’ve got some really strong individuals and I’m looking forward to seeing what they achieve in the years to come.”

Head of Talent, Laura Watkin joined Europa in May this year and part of her role is to oversee the innovative talent strategy designed to secure and retain talent of all levels including the RAPID programme.

Head of Talent, Laura Watkin

“The team has worked really hard to get to this point, visiting schools across the country, meeting hundreds of youngsters who knew nothing about the world of logistics and sharing their passion both for Europa and the sector.

“Welcoming the new 2019 cohort is just the start of the journey into the world of work for these bright school-leavers. We have a uniquely tailored programme of training and development to support their transition from school education to becoming the future leaders of Europa.” 

Dedicated divisions

The Road and Air & Sea teams are part of four dedicated divisions operating under Europa Worldwide Group.

Europa Road’s network of branches across the country are linked to the company’s groupage hub via scheduled, daily, round-trip trunking which allow customers’ shipments to connect to Europe daily. Europa Air & Sea cover all aspects of air and sea freight and are strategically located to allow access to all UK gateways.

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