The Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) annual conference, which was held in Wexford over the weekend (15th & 16th April), proved to be a tremendous success with almost 600 people associated with the Haulage and Transport industry attending the gala dinner held on Saturday night. Wright Insurance Brokers, as main weekend sponsors, played a leading role in welcoming the conference to Wexford. The company hosted an Insurance Seminar on Friday evening followed by a private reception held in a specially erected marquee on the quay at which nationally acclaimed local band Corner Boy entertained guests.
Wright Insurance Brokers services over 30% of the Haulage industry insurance requirements, making the company the leading insurance broker in the sector. The Wright Insurance Brokers seminar addressed insurance issues facing the haulage industry currently, in addition to highlighting new challenges that operators in the Haulage sector will face going forward, and most importantly the steps that they can introduce now to overcome these issues.
The Wright Insurance Brokers Marquee was also the venue for the launch of the new HGV Driver Apprenticeship Programme, an exciting initiative which the IRHA is championing to promote professionalism and excellence in driving within the Haulage industry. It will be rolled out initially through the Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board and is a 3 year programme at the end of which the apprentice will gain a FETAC Level 6 qualification.
Wright Insurance Brokers has supported the HGV Driver Apprenticeship Programme since it was first presented, recognising it as a significant step by the Haulage sector to find ways of overcoming insurance barriers. To date the company has secured support from four leading insurance companies for this new training initiative. Tony Wright, CEO, Wright Insurance Brokers commented, ‘We are proud to be associated with the Irish Road Haulage Association in what has been a challenging time for the industry. We are also delighted to support the HGV Driver Apprenticeship Programme which has been negotiated by the IRHA with the Government. The aim of this apprenticeship is to promote HGV driving excellence on the road by building a panel of highly skilled drivers in Ireland, ensuring that the Irish economy and business is supported in the future by a professional industry which is crucial for the distribution of our products. We are working closely with the IRHA and our panel of Insurers to secure insurance solutions for drivers who successfully complete the programme.’
Wright Insurance Brokers has also pledged support for an annual bursary to be paid under the HGV Driver Apprenticeship Programme in memory of Katie Drennan and Kevin O’Donovan in addition to donations in their names to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Pieta House, the charities close to the hearts of their families. For more information on the HGV Driver Apprenticeship Programme please visit www.irha.ie