Driver Academy Group to coach and place 11,000 HGV drivers

Lorry driver behind the wheel

The Driver Academy Group has gained the lead position on a Government scheme to coach and place 11,000 HGV drivers throughout England.

The group will practice and place 2,160 candidates into HGV driving roles as a part of the Government’s Skills Bootcamps, funded by the Department for Education.

The Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving are versatile programs of as much as 16 weeks, giving individuals the chance to construct up sector-specific abilities and fast-track to an interview with a neighborhood employer.

The Driver Academy Group, a consortium led by HGVC, and comprising Manpower and Logistics UK, was fashioned to supply assist within the upskilling and provide of candidates to a sector dealing with a shortfall of almost 100,000 drivers.

James Clifford, chief government officer at HGVC, mentioned: “Funding is a major barrier to entry for those looking to become HGV drivers so this new funding from the Department for Education will make an impact.

Driver Academy Group to coach and place
Driver Academy Group to coach and place

“By providing these courses, we are training up the new drivers that the UK needs to ensure the economy keeps growing while helping existing drivers into more critical and higher-paid roles.”

In November, the Government launched a evaluation into HGV driver coaching with the purpose of decreasing the burden for present and returning HGV drivers.

HGVC will oversee the coaching of 750 new drivers in England and the agency will even assist upskill present HGV drivers to acquire their ADR {qualifications} to allow them to drive crucial and dangerous automobiles, reminiscent of petrol tankers.

Companies trying to upskill present drivers may apply for presidency funding of 70% of the scheme’s value.

In addition, greater than a thousand programs can be found for lapsed drivers who’re eager to return to HGV driving however want refresher coaching earlier than getting again behind the wheel.

Clifford added: “We have a tried and tested approach to managing HGV driver training that has resulted in thousands of new drivers getting good HGV jobs in the UK.

“Our pass rates are around 80%, which is significantly higher than the national average.

“Our partnership with Manpower Group and Logistics UK means we’re confident we can get HGV drivers into great jobs at the end of the scheme.”

Consortium companions Logistics UK will present drivers with smooth abilities coaching, whereas workforce options group Manpower will assist certified drivers of their seek for appropriate roles within the trade.



A new report printed by Logistics UK exhibits there’s trigger for cautious optimism that the HGV driver scarcity is enhancing.

Logistics UK and Driver Require explored methods through which the UK can handle the present HGV driver scarcity disaster as a part of an in-depth session at this yr‘s Fleet & Mobility Live.

The Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving are open to anybody with a automobile license aged 19 and over. The Driver Academy Group mentioned it’s notably eager on serving to underrepresented teams, reminiscent of ladies, these from ethnic minorities, and youthful drivers, turn out to be HGV drivers.

Those discovering themselves unemployed, or ex-offenders, are additionally inspired to use to turn out to be a driver.



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