Free heavy truck training hopes to tackle severe shortage of heavy truck drivers

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HUNDREDS of aspiring truck drivers can now apply for a program to help them train and find employment as a heavy truck driver, funded by the Department of Education.

The Driver Academy Group, a consortium led by heavy truck training specialist HGVC and comprising Manpower and Logistics UK, offers training courses in the North West.

Qualified drivers could get starting salaries of up to £ 40,000, or more for those driving dangerous goods.

The Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving are open to anyone with a car license aged 19 and over.

The Driver Academy Group is particularly keen to help under-represented groups, such as women, people from ethnic minorities and young drivers, to become heavy truck drivers.

Those who find themselves unemployed or ex-offenders are also encouraged to apply to become a driver.

The Driver Academy group will train and place 2,160 candidates in truck driving roles under the program.

James Clifford, Managing Director of HGVC, said: “This is a huge opportunity for aspiring truck drivers.

“Funding is a major barrier to entry for those looking to train as heavy truck drivers, so this new funding from the Department of Education will make a big difference in attracting more people to the industry.

“Northwestern businesses need more drivers, and this program will have a significant impact on the local economy.

“We will help people find work while helping existing drivers take on more critical and better paid positions. Our partnership with Manpower Group and Logistics UK means that we are confident that we can get people to great truck jobs at the end of the program. ”

David Jordan, Deputy Director of Operations at Services at Logistics UK, said: “The severe shortage of truck drivers has had a significant impact on our industry over the past year.

“Logistics UK is proud to be part of the consortium tasked with providing a solution to the problem and we look forward to adding our support and expertise to Skills Bootcamps, alongside experts from HGVC and Manpower, so that we can identify and train the right people. a workforce that our industry needs to keep Britain doing business efficiently.

Jason Greaves, Manpower Brand Leader UK, said: “It is well known that the UK is facing a shortage of HGV drivers and without action the movement of goods will be severely affected.

“Logistics is currently the most demanded sector and the UK talent shortage is currently at its highest level in 15 years, with 77% of UK employers struggling to fill positions.

“In 2019, we took steps to provide additional support to applicants undergoing truck training and to help them prepare for their career as a driver by creating the Driver Academy with HGVC.

“Since only 1% of the sector is made up of women, we also want to expand the talent pool to be more inclusive through our Women In Driving development path and other initiatives.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with HGVC and Logistics UK to reinforce the message that we are here to support drivers and the industry as a whole. ”

Government-funded training is delivered through nine tracks. Courses range from novice drivers looking to get their heavy truck license, to refresher and refresher courses for current license holders.

Companies looking to upgrade the skills of existing drivers can also apply for government funding of 70 percent of the cost of the program.

Partners in the Logistics UK consortium, the UK’s largest trade logistics organization, will provide drivers with general skills training; and the Manpower Workforce Solutions Group will help operators secure appropriate roles within the industry.

Skills Bootcamps are part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life.

Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses lasting up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to learn industry-specific skills and quickly get an interview with a local employer.

The program is funded by the Ministry of Education, which has completed a competitive bidding process to nominate training providers.

Applicants can apply on hgv.academy.

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