The Driver Academy Group, a consortium led by HGV training specialist HGVC, and comprising workforce solutions group Manpower and trade body Logistics UK, is to lead a Government scheme to train and place 11,000 HGV drivers across England.
It is envisaged that the Group will train and place 2,160 candidates into HGV driving roles as part of the Government’s Skills Bootcamps. The ‘Skills Bootcamps in HGV Training’ are flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, that give people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. The Department for Education funding is aiming to address the issue of cost, which is one of the major barriers to entry for aspiring HGV drivers.
HGVC, a provider of fully managed HGV training courses via its network of more than 100 centres across the UK, will oversee the training of 750 new drivers in England. The firm will also help upskill hundreds of existing HGV drivers to obtain their ADR qualifications so they can drive critical and hazardous vehicles, such as petrol tankers. In addition, more than a thousand courses are available for lapsed drivers who are keen to return to HGV driving but need refresher training before getting back behind the wheel.
Consortium partner Logistics UK, will provide drivers with soft skills training. Workforce solutions group Manpower will support qualified drivers in their search for suitable roles in the industry.
The Skills Bootcamps in HGV Driving initiative went live late last week and is open to anyone with a car license aged 19 and over. The Driver Academy Group is particularly keen to help underrepresented groups, such as women, those from ethnic minorities, and younger drivers, to become HGV drivers. Those finding themselves unemployed, or ex-offenders, are also encouraged to apply to become a driver.
The Government-funded training is provided via nine pathways. Courses range from novice drivers looking to gain their HGV licence, to refresher courses and upgrades for current licence holders. Companies looking to upskill existing drivers can also apply for Government funding of 70% of the scheme’s cost.
Candidates can apply at www.hgv.academy.