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Hull Driver is UK's top temporary worker

Hull driver Colin Ramsden is this year’s One in a Million, the title given by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to the UK’s top temporary, contract or interim worker.

Colin, the Agency Driver of the Year, triumphed over 13 other category winners to clinch the award, presented at a House of Commons reception on Wednesday (June 4) - the highlight of REC’s flagship event, National Temporary Workers Week.

The reception was attended by Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden, Kevin Green, the REC’s new Chief Executive, MPs, representatives from the recruitment industry and sponsors of the award.

Addressing the reception, Pat McFadden said:
“I am delighted to join you today at REC’s awards ceremony, through which we can recognise and celebrate the important role the temporary workforce contributes to the UK economy. I want to thank REC for establishing this initiative as part of their National Temporary Workers Week campaign.

“Whilst special credit goes to the overall winner, it is also a real achievement for all those agency workers here today, to be recognised as winners of their individual categories.  After much deliberation, the panel have reached their decision and I am sure you will agree they have found a worthy winner.”

Colin, who was nominated by Hull-based recruitment specialist Driver Hire for whom he has been working since June 2004, was presented with his prestigious award by Anita Holbrow, the REC’s Director of Marketing along with £1500 worth of travel vouchers.

Anita, one of the One In a Million judges, explained why Colin is such a worthy winner.

“The very fact he is nicknamed ‘Martini Man’ because he goes anywhere, any place, any time, speaks volumes about his dedication to the work. We were all very impressed by his totally professional attitude and willingness to help out both clients and other drivers,” she said.

Colin said he enjoys the challenge and variety that agency work offers him and also values its flexibility, as it enables him to spend more time with his family, whom he says is his life.

He signed on as an agency driver having decided he needed a change after spending 22 years in the Army. Registering with Driver Hire while still in the Army, Colin then became available for Heavy Goods Vehicle work on a full-time basis.

Driver Hire says what sets him apart from other drivers is his flexible attitude and willingness to help others and that includes receiving telephone calls at any time of the day from other drivers seeking help or advice.

One example of how Colin went the extra mile happened one New Year’s Eve when he was booked to make a delivery of frozen chips to a supermarket’s regional distribution centre, theoretically a one day job which should have meant him returning home to celebrate the New Year.

But on January 2nd, Colin rang the office to say he had only just returned. A warehouse breakdown had meant the offloading could not be completed so the centre staff asked him to wait until the warehouse was open again as they would need his load immediately in order to keep production going.

He agreed and spent two days on site ensuring the refrigerated load was maintained. He intentionally did not ring the Driver Hire office on New Year’s Eve as he did not want to interfere with anyone’s celebrations.

Smales Transport, a long standing customer supplying fish and chip shops with a range of products have also used Colin on a regular basis. Realising he was the perfect role model for new recruits, they often book Colin for a week when new drivers join to complete the driver training and assessment with them.

John Fraser of Driver Hire said: “Colin is without doubt the best advert Driver Hire can hope for. In fact, we reckon he’s the world’s greatest wagon driver. Punctual, polite, well-presented, intelligent and always goes the extra mile. Aside from all this, he is a competent and safe driver.”

National Temporary Workers Week celebrates the contribution the UK’s 1.3 million strong temporary workforce makes to the economy and in keeping business on the move. It also highlights how working in a temporary, contract or interim suits increasing numbers of people in allowing them flexibility to work to suit their busy lifestyles.

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