HGV Drivers can access Government-funded training through the Driver Academy Group, a consortium comprising business organisation Logistics UK, HGV training specialist HGVC, and workforce solutions group Manpower.
The training courses, called Skills Bootcamps, are available to all current HGV drivers and those that want to join the industry.
For existing HGV drivers, three types of bootcamps are available: licences upgrades, for those with a category C licence (rigid HGV) looking to upgrade to a category C+E (an articulated lorry), refresher courses for anyone looking to rebuild their confidence behind the wheel, and ADR & Petroleum Passport, for those wanting to transport hazardous goods and drive fuel tankers.
Companies looking to upskill existing drivers can apply for Government funding of 70% of the scheme’s cost. The Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
Free courses are also available for individuals with no experience wishing to start a career in HGV driving.
David Jordan, deputy operations director – Services at Logistics UK, said: “HGV driving is a vital occupation that supports all facets of the nation’s economy and society; Logistics UK is proud to be part of a consortium helping to train our nation’s supply chain heroes.
“Providing HGV drivers with an exciting opportunity to upskill and build confidence – at bootcamps located across the UK – and employers the chance to receive funding for this training, this opportunity is not to be missed; we urge all those interested to apply now and secure your place.”
Jason Greaves, Manpower brand leader UK, added: “The Skills Bootcamps are not just a great way to get new drivers into the industry, but to support those who want to upskill or refresh themselves to get back into the driving seat. We are facing a major issue in the industry with the HGV driver shortage, which the Driver Academy Group is tackling head on. Manpower, alongside the expertise of HGVC and Logistics UK, is dedicated to supporting those drivers in their career, creating the committed and work-ready talent the logistics sector needs.”
A report published by Logistics UK, last year, shows there is cause for "cautious optimism" that the HGV driver shortage is improving.
The Logistics UK Skills Report 2021 highlights how steps have been taken to help address the recruitment issues which have plagued the sector for years, with Government and industry working together to increase capacity to test new drivers, provide new training schemes, and commit to improving facilities available to those working across the roads network.