John Meacham drives a counterbalance fork-lift truck on TPNâ€™s night-shift operation at its Minworth Hub.
He says: â€œItâ€™s the busiest place Iâ€™ve ever worked, but I love it. The time flies by.â€
TPNâ€™s Minworth Hub team can cross-dock more than 20,000 pallets in a night. John is part of an exceptionally skilful team which is organised and choreographed with almost military precision.
John joined TPN in early May and says that his starting pay was good. â€œThey pay well for forklift drivers. Itâ€™s the best wage Iâ€™ve ever had.â€
The starting wage for FLT drivers is Â£12 an hour, but this goes up to Â£14 an hour upon successful completion of the first three months.
John also says the training in the company was good and is confident TPN will support his ongoing career. â€œOnce Iâ€™ve been here a few more months, Iâ€™m going to ask to learn new skills as well,â€ he says.
â€œIâ€™m enjoying it loads. Iâ€™ve been a truck driver for years but never anywhere like this. The guys who manage me are really sound.â€