Joe Vickers

Joe Vickers

Branch Manager, Educational Development Director

For our students coming to 2 Start Southampton; they’re likely to meet Joe – either as their Instructor or Examiner, or both. (a keen motorcyclist) Joe (along with Paul) is our resident Tutor (Instructor Trainer). Joe trained with 2 Start back in 2012; qualifying for his Rigid (C) licence at 18 years of age, and his Artic (C+E) at 19. Along with his tickets for Counterbalance, Moffett, HIAB, and Reach, he left us as a new driver and went straight to work – everything from multi-drop and curtain siders, right up to mobile medical transport units (MRI).

Having covered many miles all over the UK, and a great many hours of Plant Operations; Joe was challenging himself to do more! He decided to try some international transport; as far as the far away reaches of Northern Ireland. Okay, so maybe his “international” transport didn’t go as far as some… but his experience proved invaluable and helped him on the way. Joe spent a year of his time as a tramper (living out of his truck) wherever it may take him… so ask him about some trucking memories if you’d like! (though he might not be able to stop talking, which I’m told is a common issue).

Joe came back to 2 Start in February 2013, and qualified to become an accredited Instructor/Examiner for the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR). Now, he teaches on a staggering nineteen different Industrial Groups! (see below)

Joe is also one of our Module. 4 (initial) CPC Instructors; and also teaches three of our Periodic Drivers CPC courses. (Drivers Essentials, Loading and Load Security, and Driver Licensing and Fuel Efficiency). He’s come leaps and bounds since we first met him in 2012; and we think you’ll like him too – He’ll certainly see to it that you’re the highest trained around. Joe is also qualified as a DVSA approved Large Goods Vehicle driving instructor, so you’ll see him on the trucks too; as well as qualifying as an ITSSAR Category 4 Tutor for delivering Instructor and Examiner Training. Joe is also one of our Instructors for the National and International transport managers certificate of professional competence for both road haulage and passenger transport operations.

Word from Joe: “Working within transport is a challenging but huge responsibility. You’ll see a great many things either on the road or when working in Freight forwarding, and will certainly work with some of the best. The best key to mastering a career in the industry (from the perspective of a young person) is to get the best training possible at the start… and remember that any vehicle you drive carries that huge responsibility. Getting trained right will mean you can face the new challenges with confidence, and keep yourself and others safe.”
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