As you’ll already know if you follow the news, the UK is currently experiencing a shortage of HGV drivers. This has an impact on every aspect of the supply chain, both at home and abroad, affecting production costs, delivery times, and availability. Companies across every industry sector are crying out for HGV drivers based in the UK, meaning there has never been a better time to enter the profession. Even more so now that you can train for the role for free.
In conjunction with Lancashire County Council, Transport Training Academy has been commissioned by the Department for Education to deliver Skills Bootcamp in HGV. Skills Bootcamps are part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life and with the aim to reskill residents of the county and fill vacancies with local employers. Skills Bootcamp are free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with an employer.
Transport Training Academy (TTA) is a well-established and respected training organisation based and operating in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, with our Skills Bootcamp in HGV being delivered from our Centre in Burnley. Our course has been designed to train and develop individuals to a high standard in areas critical to the Logistics Industry and that meet the needs of local employers.
Here at the Transport Training Academy, we provide HGV training solutions of the highest quality across much of the Lancashire area. With our own training academies in Atherton and Burnley, we are well-placed to serve new and existing HGV drivers throughout the region, including those in Wigan, Bolton, Chorley, Blackburn, Accrington, Lancaster, Blackpool and Preston and further afield.
Demand for qualified HGV drivers in the UK has never been higher than it is right now. Between the pandemic and issues arising from Brexit, public perception of the role is also at an all-time high. More people than ever are recognising the importance of HGV drivers both to the national economy and local supply chains. As a result, the industry has seen many improvements to the pay and conditions of its drivers in recent years. These are just some of the reasons to consider a Skills Bootcamp training course:
Improved pay: since the pandemic, earnings for HGV driver positions have increased by up to 45%, meaning you could earn as much as £40,000 per year.
Improved working conditions: both government and employer interventions have seen a marked investment in driver amenities across the country, including better toilets, showers, and catering facilities. Likewise, companies have invested in cleaner trucks and comfortable uniforms to improve driver welfare.
Better working hours: to attract and retain HGV drivers, the logistics and haulage industries are offering a great range of working hours to meet individuals’ lifestyles and personal circumstances. These include full- and part-time roles, fixed days, fixed hours, and flexible working patterns.
As part of your free HGV Skills Bootcamp course with Transport Training Academy, you will receive a full support package, which includes the following:
As with most government programmes, you will need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for one of these free courses. These include:
If you’re ready to make a change in your life and take the first step towards a rewarding career as an HGV driver, contact the Transport Training Academy today.
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