First Look into Fraikin

By Janine Diva, Business Improvement Graduate 2018

 

Why Fraikin?

‘Why not?!’ This was a phrase my friends and I often used during university, usually reserved for spontaneous adventures – also known as a night out – in this case, my mindset was very much ‘don’t knock it until you’ve tried it’.

I had never heard of Fraikin until I saw the job advert on LinkedIn. The website explained that they worked with commercial vehicles, an industry I had very limited knowledge of. All I could picture were vans, trucks and long journeys on the road. It was difficult to imagine me fitting into that world.

That said, I remembered an industry talk I attended about project management in the logistics sector. It was really interesting, particularly how it showed me that my existing project management skills could be developed further.

 

Why this Graduate Scheme?

There are so many schemes out there, all bombarding graduates with information and offering progression and opportunities while shadowing senior members of the company. However, with Fraikin what attracted me most was the opportunity to take full ownership of projects that would have a positive impact on the organisation, instead of merely shadowing.

As a graduate, I didn’t want to be a shadow – I was excited to finally apply what I learned at university in the real world.

With Fraikin, there was a real focus on independence and initiative, where I would have control of my own development needs. I would be able to choose key business areas I wanted to explore further, to get the opportunity to work with senior management in order to challenge the industry, as well as to push myself.

Have you ever looked up your prospective employers online? When I found our Learning and Development Manager on LinkedIn it made me more excited to work with Fraikin; it was clear they were invested in facilitating change and have the right people in place to support their graduates through the ups and downs.

As part of the presentation at my original assessment, I drew a TARDIS, so I knew that creativity was also encouraged! The group task gave me an insight into what my day-to-day life at Fraikin would involve: collaboration, creativity and conviction.

 

What could I get out of Fraikin?

Although I arrived at Fraikin from a part-time job (tutoring maths and English to children, which I immensely enjoyed, believe it or not), I have a master’s degree in Business & Organisational Psychology. Change management greatly interests me, and having a front row seat to witness how my ideas can influence people in the industry will only help develop the level of expertise I hope to achieve.

 

Next time…

I’ll be sharing my worries before starting my first week at Fraikin, adventures at Brathay (in the Lake District) and how I am still trying to apply lessons from building a raft into my daily life at Head Office!

News

14.08.2019

FRAIKIN EXTENDS LONG-STANDING FLEET MANAGEMENT CONTRACT…

Fraikin’s ability to precisely structure the maintenance and servicing requirements of NHS Blood and Transplant’s specialist fleet has sealed a three-year renewal deal for one of its longest-running fleet management…

08.04.2019

FRAIKIN SEES FIRST YEAR OF EARNED…

Fraikin has been impressed with the benefits the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) earned recognition scheme – which offers digital proof of driver and vehicle compliance – has offered…

22.03.2019

FRAIKIN GOES THE EXTRA MILE FOR…

As part of a new five-year contract hire agreement with long-standing customer Menzies Distribution, Fraikin was tasked with supplying 75 commercial vehicle assets to the company within weeks. In order…

28.01.2019

AWARD-WINNING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER JOINS FRAIKIN…

Mark Burn, 45, has been appointed Fraikin's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), based at the company’s new UK headquarters in Coventry. He joins Fraikin after four years as Group CFO…

07.11.2018

FRAIKIN WARNS FLEETS TO ACT NOW…

Fraikin says fleets should not wait for Brexit before booking Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training, with less than a year to go until the second five-year block deadline…

26.09.2018

SUPERIOR SERVICE FROM FRAIKIN A CUT…

Fraikin has secured sole supplier status to meat wholesaler Deliserve, after impressing with the quality of service provided since delivering its first commercial vehicles into the fleet in 2017. This…

12.09.2018

FRAIKIN PUBLISHES FREE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TO…

Fraikin has published an executive summary of the Government’s Road to Zero – the Department for Transport’s white paper documenting how it intends to ‘clean up’ the vehicles on our roads. Available…

05.07.2018

FRAIKIN’S SERVICE AND TECHNOLOGY FOCUS SECURES…

  Fraikin has secured a flagship contract with Highways England after winning a competitive tender to fleet manage all 4x4s used by its Traffic Officer Service. Key to the win…

27.06.2018

FRAIKIN PUBLISHES FREE GUIDE TO GOVERNMENT’S…

Contract hire, fleet management and rental specialist Fraikin has published an executive summary of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy 2018, highlighting key information and calling for fleet operators to take part…

30.04.2018

FRAIKIN Group acquired by Consortium

Management Sets Sights on Transformation Plan and Rebranding   Colombes, France, 25 April 2018 - FRAIKIN Group, the leading provider of services and investment solutions for commercial and industrial vehicles…

23.04.2018

1st edition of Connection Days: FRAIKIN…

On the agenda: discussions and lectures on innovation and test-driving new vehicles Colombes, 19 April 2018 – On 10, 11, 12 and 13 April in Montlhéry, FRAIKIN held thefirst edition of…

17.04.2018

FRAIKIN TAKES POLE POSITION WITH GRAND…

Delivery firm Grand Prix Express has signed a new five-year, full-service contract hire agreement with Fraikin for three DAF rigid trucks, thanks in part to the excellent service the company…