There is a chronic shortage of drivers in the UK. HGV driving offers a job for life that is secure in even the most difficult economic climate
The Road Haulage Association stated approximately 2000 drivers are retiring every week from the career and only 50% of this number are signing up for work and training.
On top of the Brexit related driver shortage, the UK is short of HGV/LGV drivers. The Government has introduced a number of measures to help.
How do you get free training?
Free training is found at the “HGV Skills Bootcamps” these have been set up to train people to become heavy goods drivers in the UK. These are free and flexible courses lasting 15-16 weeks for adults 19+.
To qualify you musts be in work or recently unemployed. The skills bootcamp will guide you through the process of becoming a professional HGV driver and will include preparation for your theory test, practical test and CPC (Certification of professional competence)
Skills bootcamps offer free training- the list of providers and how to apply can be found at the link below:
Where else can I get free training?
The Government will contribute £6999 for haulage businesses to take on new staff under its Large goods vehicle (LGV) driver C and E (level 2) Apprenticeship scheme.
The scheme duration is approximately 13 months
There are 100’s of businesses offering the course listed on the Government website with a tool to search for apprenticeships in your area.
Who else is offering free training?
Some firms and recruitment agencies are offering their own free driver training, you simply need to ask around, the best way to do this is to contact local distribution and haulage companies and see if they are recruiting and if they offer HGV qualification and training as part of their training package.
Recently supermarkets have been paying for their warehouse staff and other employees to gain HGV/LGV qualification.
Where can I get a HGV medical?
The Midland Medical Group offer private medicals, including HGV/D4 medicals in Crawley, Peterborough, Cheltenham, Newbury, Worcester, Beaconsfield, Leicester and more locations across the UK. A private medical costs just £45.00 and will be undertaken a a state-of-the-art medical practice with free parking. Medicals can be booked a time and date to fit in with your life – you can book your medical online today or call the booking line on 02476 959 695.